HEALTHY LIVING

Living a healthy lifestyle will improve your general health and might reduce your risk of cystitis infection.1

  • Drink plenty of water to flush harmful bacteria out of your body by passing urine frequently.
  • Wash fruit and vegetables and cook meat well to reduce the risk of ingesting harmful bacteria.
  • Use unscented soaps and avoid products that might cause irritation in sensitive areas.
  • Do not wait to use the toilet and make sure you empty your bladder fully when you do.
  • Avoid wearing very tight clothing and underwear made from synthetic fabrics as these can trap moisture and promote bacterial growth.
  • If you are prone to cystitis, your sexual activity might be contributing to the problem. Wash before sexual intercourse and urinate soon afterwards to help flush away harmful bacteria.
  • If you think spermicides, condoms or your diaphragm might be contributing to your repeated infections (you can observe a link between their use and the onset of cystitis) your physician will be able to discuss alternative contraceptive methods with you.

Expert advice

"If patients have recurrent cystitis, I propose to drink enough, to have a great amount of fluid per day, round about 1½ litres and to take care of their hands, to take care of their meals"

"If patients have recurrent cystitis, I propose to drink enough, to have a great amount of fluid per day, round about 1.5 litres"

Professor Hartwig W. Bauer
Consultant Urologist

"Most importantly drink plenty of water"

Professor Matteo Bassetti
Infectious Diseases