Interstitial Cystitis, i.e., inflammation of the bladder is pretty uncomfortable disease for women. When you have cystitis you feel urgent and frequent need to urinate, and possibly it’s difficult for you and painful to urinate. In fact the pain can become permanently present and possible to notice blood in the urine.
Men rarely suffer from cystitis, but the number of women who have this condition is incredibly high. The reason for this is our anatomy. Urinary opening in women is very close to the vagina, the anus and the vagina is separated only by a small piece of skin called the perineum. As a result, bacteria are easily disseminated in the genitals and the bladder and cause infection.
Sex and Interstitial cystitis
Although cystitis can arise from a number of reasons, including poor hygiene, it can also occur as a result of sexual intercourse.
Sometimes bladder is irritated by sexual activity, especially if you have a lot of sex, and there is a frequent and urgent need for urination.
These symptoms are not necessarily an indication of an infection. Sometimes Interstitial cystitis that occurred as a result of sex can include infection. Usually this occurs because bacteria from the anus are transmitted in female genitalia and bladder through the penis.
If you feel symptoms of cystitis that does not stop after 48 hours, take a sample of urine for testing.
It occurs at any age
Interstitial cystitis can occur at any age. Before decades, when it was common for women to keep their virginity until marriage, the disease is described as “honeymoon disease.”
Today, when this is no longer the case and we know that cystitis can occur at any age, especially if you have not been so sexually active and suddenly you have a lot of sex.
If you find that sex with new (or usual) your partner is causing cystitis, it is obvious that you need to have some treatment. But also you should carefully consider how to prevent it.
For example, some women find that cystitis occurs in certain sexual positions, so you can experiment to find out how best to avoid it. Some women find that when you are on top more often get cystitis.
The older women sometimes need more time to reach orgasm, and this extended relationship can cause problems with your bladder. After the 45th year of your life is not uncommon to occur dryness in the vagina, and when the delicate tissue is dry is more likely to be damaged. Also the relationship when the vagina is dry is not very pleasant, so it is advisable to use a lubricant.
However, one of the most important things is hygiene. If his hands “get lost” close to your butt, then you should wash them before touching the clitoris, vagina and urethra. If his penis penetrates your anus, then you have to wash it before vaginal intercourse. Failure to do this can easily get interstitial cystitis and changes in vaginal discharge.
A good idea is to create a habit of maintaining good health of the bladder. What you can do is the following:
- When you urinate completely empty the bladder.
- Urinate after sex.
- Drink enough fluids.
- Drinking less coffee, black tea and soft drinks, including mineral water, can help in the prevention of cystitis because these fluids irritate the bladder and cause urgent and frequent urination.
- Regularly drink cranberry tea. Experts say that drinking tea cranberry prevents bacteria sticking to the walls of the bladder. Many women drink a lot of cranberry tea when they have interstitial cystitis.
If you start to treat the symptoms of cystitis shortly after they occur you will probably be spared from much pain and problems. There are several medications that your doctor can prescribe and are effective. The essence of these treatments is that they are alkaline and reduce acidity in the urine, thereby facilitating the pain and discomfort.
You can take and baking soda dissolved in water. At the first sign of cystitis, mix one teaspoon of baking soda in 250 ml of water and drink it. Repeat this several times in the next few hours, this will dilute your urine, reduce acidity and help to discard the bacteria.