I’ve de­vel­oped cys­ti­tis dur­ing a sex­ual dry spell – what could be caus­ing it?

Women's Health (UK) - - KNOW HOW -

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.

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