I’ve developed cystitis during a sexual dry spell – what could be causing it?
Experiencing the burning need-to-wee-but-can’t symptoms of this honeymoon disease when you’re getting all of the pain with none of the pleasure is a real double sting. According to Harley Street gynaecologist Dr Pandelis Athanasias, placing your bum directly on to suspect public toilet seats can increase your risk, as can taking your pleasure into your own hands without preliminary handwashing. But it’s not always a hygiene issue. Having a weak immune system makes you more susceptible. ‘Once you’re hit, flush bacteria out by drinking lots of water and cranberry juice,’ says Dr Athanasias. ‘The latter won’t cure a bacterial infection, but it will prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the bladder.’ For the best shot at fighting it, get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated and – should the opportunity arise – avoid sex. If symptoms linger after two days, see your GP, as you may need a course of antibiotics.