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Women often develop a bladder infection after intercourse
Painful cystitis is relatively widespread, especially in women. Various factors such as hypothermia, mechanical irritation, for example through tight clothing, but also sex can be considered as the cause.
Frequent sexual intercourse is so often the cause of bladder infections that a firm technical term already exists for this. 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 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 when they painfully urinate after lovemaking. Persistent urge to urinate with small amounts of urine, pain or burning sensation when urinating as well as cramp-like pain above the pubic bone are mentioned 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 that 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 also 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. (fp)