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Not uncommon: cystitis caused by sexual intercourse
It is not uncommon for women in particular to develop cystitis after the sexual act. This manifests itself as pain and burning when urinating and excessive urination. Some women lose their desire to have sex because of fear of cystitis. This can put a strain on the relationship. Experts provide answers on what to do about it.
Frequent sexual intercourse is often the cause of cystitis, which is why a firm technical term already exists among medical professionals. Honeymoon cystitis strikes women after sexual intercourse. The experts explain that women are particularly affected with their relatively shorter ureters. Here, bacteria can penetrate the bladder from the outside more easily and cause painful inflammation there.
Inflammation from coli bacteria
Most often, the bladder infection (cystitis) in women is caused by coli bacteria that get into the vagina from the nearby anal area. From here, the bacteria rise to the bladder and cause the painful urinary tract infection. The fact that women are more often affected by cystitis than men is due to the anatomically different urethra, which is significantly shorter in women with around four centimeters than in men. Here, the invading bacteria can find their way up into the bladder much more easily. Most women have had bladder infections in their lives.
In addition to the risk factors already mentioned, such as hypothermia or sex, the experts cite the causes as the use of intimate deodorants, chemically treated panty liners or washing lotions, which can cause allergic-inflammatory processes.
The fact that sexual intercourse can also cause the urinary tract infection is often forgotten and those affected only remember the painful urination after lovemaking.
Persistent urge to urinate with small amounts of urine, pain or burning sensation when urinating and cramp-like pain above the pubic bone are cited as typical symptoms of cystitis. In addition to these clear symptoms, non-specific consequences such as fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite and nausea and vomiting can also occur with cystitis. Sometimes the urine also appears cloudy and has a changed smell. If medical treatment is not given, serious complications with blood in the urine and inflammation of the kidney can occur.
The reason why women have an increased risk of infection, especially during sexual intercourse, is due to the fact that the bacteria in the vagina can get into the ureter by mechanical movement and thus reach the bladder.
Medical and naturopathic treatments for cystitis So that the cystitis does not spread to the kidney pelvis and kidneys, timely treatment is of great importance. Conventional cystitis therapy is usually based on the administration of antibiotics.
If cystitis has not yet reached a severe or advanced stage, a wide variety of medications and forms of treatment in naturopathy are also recommended, with the switch to fresh and wholesome food, the renunciation of food and beverages such as coffee, tobacco, alcohol, citrus and lemonade drinks that irritate the mucous membrane and hot spices that form the basis of all naturopathic treatment.
Those affected should drink enough liquid in the form of water or thin herbal teas. In addition, medicinal plants with diuretic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory effects are used in naturopathy to treat bladder infections. These include bearberry leaves, birch leaves, bucco leaves and orthosiphon leaves.
In addition, a preparation made from horseradish and nasturtium is often used as an herbal antibiotic and for immune modulation. On the basis of Bach flower therapy, clear successes have already been achieved in the treatment of cystitis. In addition, warmth and a lot of rest are recommended for cystitis. If in doubt, those affected should refrain from sex for a few days. (sb, fp)