- Cystitis is a form of UTI that around half of all women suffer from at least once in their lives.
- It most commonly affects women in their 20’s or after a period of abstinence.
- Honeymoon cystitis occurs because of prolonged, frequent sex that can inflame and irritate the urethra of women causing bacteria to enter into the urinary tract.
- It’s more common in women than in men. It only occurs in men due to some underlying condition.
- Prevention includes drinking a lot of water, cleaning up and urinating after sex and using water-based lubricants to prevent irritation due to vaginal dryness.
- Treatment is done with antibiotics and infection generally clears up within 3 days.
What is the honeymoon cystitis?
Honeymoon cystitis is a common UTI that affects women in their twenties or after a period of abstinence. It is also becoming common in women in their 50’s. Furthermore, cystitis remains common in girls who have sex for the first time – which is where it got its name from.
Does it affect men or women?
It affects women far more than men. In men, cystitis occurs only if there is an underlying condition like an enlarged prostate or any other prostate infection.
Why does it affect women more?
It affects women more because their urethra is shorter. It measures 1.5 inches in women as compared to 7 to 8 inches in men. This makes it easier for the bacteria to transfer to the bladder. Cystitis affects women when E.Coli bacteria from the anus enters the women’s urinary tract. This happens due to close proximity between the urethra and the anal area.
How common is it?
Almost half of all women get affected by cystitis once in their life. Cystitis cause bladder infection in only 4% of the cases. It can affect women more than once in their life as well. The risk increases when women don’t have sex for a long time and start to indulge in it again. Frequent, prolonged sex also causes inflammation and irritation in the urethra that makes it easy for bacteria to enter the bladder.
Symptoms of Honeymoon Cystitis:
- Painful, burning sensation during urination
- Pain during sex
- Urge to pee frequently even though only little comes out
- Dark, bloody or strong-smelling urine
- Feeling tired and shivery
- Fever and chills, which means that the infection is now in the kidneys
What to do if you have cystitis?
It’s best that you see your doctor as soon as possible. Leaving UTI unattended can cause the infection to enter your kidneys which will just make the whole situation worse. If you don’t want to be on medication, wait for 48 hours to see if the infection goes. It cures itself at times. But as soon as the time is up, see your gynecologist. She will be able to figure out if the UTI is cleared up or not. A course of antibiotics treats the infection within 3 days.
Can you still have sex during cystitis?
Yes, you can. But the irritation and dryness can only exacerbate the condition. It’s best that you abstain from sex for 2-3 days. If the man is suffering from the infection, don’t indulge in sex as it can easily transfer the UTI.
Some tips to follow after having sex to prevent UTI:
- Wash your vaginal area with only plain water after intercourse. Don’t douche. You don’t have to clean the insides as well. This disrupts the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina and can increase the chance of infection.
- Avoid using any liquid soaps, sprays or wipes unless it’s recommended by a doctor. They are full of chemicals that your good vaginal bacteria aren’t very fond of. It’s best you use only water for cleaning your intimate area.
- Urinate after having sex. This kills any germs that enter your urethra.
- Drink a glass of water and stay hydrated. This will automatically cause you to pee more.
Condoms don’t offer any protection against honeymoon cystitis.
Honeymoon is the most unique and special time for a couple. But sometimes frequent lovemaking can cause an unintended struggle for women. Keeping these tips in mind and seeing your gynaecologist before leaving for honeymoon are the best ways to help prevent blushing bride to come home with an unwanted sickness.