Cystitis is a very common condition for women and unfortunately, it can often keep coming back. We don’t always know why some women experience cystitis and UTIs more often than others, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of another infection.
Tackling the Causes of Cystitis
Cystitis happens when bacteria enter your urinary tract and make their way up into your bladder. Taking good care of your private parts can reduce the chances of these bacteria getting into your body, which should help to prevent UTIs such as cystitis.
- Always wipe from front to back after using the toilet, to reduce the risk that bacteria from your rear end will reach your urinary tract
- Don’t use any perfumed soaps or toiletries around your genital area as these can irritate the delicate cells lining your urinary tract and prevent them from protecting you properly against infection. It’s also better to have showers rather than baths to keep these products away from your most sensitive parts.
- Choose cotton underwear and wear looser jeans or trousers to give your skin room to breathe and prevent sweating.
Although cleanliness and hygiene are the most important ways to protect yourself against cystitis, you may also find that drinking more water helps to prevent problems. Staying hydrated will ensure that you pee more frequently, which can help to flush the bacteria out of your system.
Other Causes of Recurring Cystitis
If you suffer from recurring urine infections despite these precautions, your doctor may want to check for potential medical causes. An issue with your kidneys or bladder could be causing problems with the flow of urine, allowing bacteria to grow more easily in your body. For example, you might have a kidney stone that is blocking the path from your kidneys to the bladder. Treating this underlying issue could reduce the chances of your cystitis coming back.