What can you do to avoid cystitis?

It is not always possible to prevent cystitis, but the following list includes measures that can help you avoid the condition.

  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
  • Avoid using chemical irritants such as perfumed soaps, deodorant sprays, feminine products, shower gels or bubble baths around your genitals.
  • Take showers rather than baths.
  • Urinate as frequently as needed. Do not wait.
  • Empty your bladder fully.
  • Empty you bladder after sexual intercourse.
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing.
  • Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet.
  • Wash gently the area around the vagina and anus.
  • Avoid coffee, fruit juice and/or spicy food if you feel they trigger your cystitis symptoms. 1 2

What else can you do?

  • Avoid having sex until your cystitis has cleared up.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.