Have you come across the term cystitis? If you’ve had a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) before, then you may have had cystitis. Why? It’s because cystitis is the most common type of UTI, especially in women.(1)
How do people get cystitis?
Cystitis occurs when bacteria that lives in the bowel reaches the urethra. It then enters the bladder and grows.(2) There are a few ways the bacteria can reach the bladder including during sex or by wiping the genital area from back to front.(1) Cystitis can also occur through kidney stones and when there are abnormal growths in the urinary tract.(1)
Pregnant women, diabetics, sexually active people, and those with a urinary catheter or anatomical changes in their urinary tract are at higher risk of getting cystitis.(2) Additionally, women who have had cystitis are more likely to get it again.(2)
What are the Signs/Symptoms of cystitis?
· Frequent urination
· Burning sensation when urinating
· Cloudy urine
· Smelly urine
· Abdominal pain
If cystitis isn’t treated, then it can lead to a backache, fever or shivering.(1) If you are experiencing this, then you need to see your doctor immediately.
Cystitis Treatment Options
One treatment option for cystitis includes being prescribed antibiotics by your doctor. However, UTIs are now becoming antibiotic-resistant as overuse in humans has led to bacterial resistance.(3)
Another option is resting up and drinking plenty of water.(1) Symptoms should disappear after a few days, but if it doesn’t, then you will need to see your doctor again.(1)
URICIL is a powerful 2 in 1 Urinary Alkaliser and Natural Antibacterial which can help to relieve symptoms and reduce the occurrence of medically diagnosed cystitis. There are two key ingredients in URICIL – Curcumin (which is extracted from Turmeric) and Potassium Citrate. Curcumin is a potent anti-oxidant which fights off the infection and reduces the occurrence of acute cystitis. Potassium Citrate helps to make the urine less acidic and relieves the burning sensation when urinating.
There are steps you can take to avoid cystitis in the first place. Although further research is needed to confirm the validity of the below, it is a start that some women have suggested (4):
- If you have the urge to urinate, then go to the toilet instead of holding on.
- Drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres a day.
- Wipe front to back after going to the toilet.
- Wash your genitals after sex (and ensure you partner also does the same)
- Urinate after having sex.
- Treat vaginal infections promptly.
Never leave cystitis untreated. If you do, then the infection can go deeper into the urinary system and reach the kidneys. If this occurs, then this serious issue will need immediate medical attention as it can lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.(4) As always, consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
1. Department of Health n.d., Cystitis, East Perth WA, <https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Cystitis>
2. InformedHealth.org 2011, Acute cystitis: Overview, Cologne, Germany, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279403/>
3. Bebell, L. 2019, Antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections are on the rise, Harvard Health Publishing, <https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/antibiotic-resistant-urinary-tract-infections-are-on-the-rise-2019101417982>
4. Better Health Channel 2018, Cystitis, <https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/cystitis>