Here are a few every day self-care tips that may be useful in preventing cystitis:

General tips for preventing cystitis

  • Drink lots of fluids (especially water) and urinate frequently – this can help wash any harmful bacteria through your system
  • Don’t hold on – go to the toilet when you need to
  • Try taking showers rather than soaking in a bath
  • Wear underwear that’s made from cotton rather than synthetic materials
  • Try drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry extract supplements – cranberry products may help reduce the recurrence of cystitis by discouraging harmful bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder and urethra. Remember to check with your doctor or pharmacist for any possible interactions with other medications you are taking before taking any cranberry products.

Some tips especially for women

  • Always wipe from front to back after going to the toilet – this can help prevent the spread of any bacteria to your urethra and vagina
  • Try to go to the toilet soon after you have sex – this helps flush away any harmful bacteria that may have found their way in to the urethra
  • If you use a contraceptive diaphragm or spermicide gels and have problems with cystitis – talk to your doctor or family planning adviser about maybe changing your method of contraception

You may find that certain things can trigger your cystitis or make it worse – try keeping a diary if recurring cystitis is a problem to help identify them.  If you do you get recurring cystitis, it’s important to see your doctor to check things out.

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