Prevention of cystitis

Cystitis can happen at any stage of your life, and you can’t prevent this condition entirely all the time. However, below are some tips that you can adopt to keep your urinary tract clean and healthy enough that it would save you from uncertain discomfort.

  • Water is the life-saver: yes, this is true. Water keeps you thrive in most disease conditions. So, drink plenty of water if you want to protect your bladder from disease causing bacteria. Excessive water intake will fill your bladder frequently and harmful bacteria will be flushed out of your urinary tract.
  • Go to toilet as much as possible. Especially, do not skip urinating and washing your private parts after having sexual intercourse.
  • Maintain proper hygiene: always wash/wipe your front part that is urethra, then clear your bowel opening. This will help in blocking the passage of bacteria from anus to urethra.
  • Avoid using ornate feminine products: deodorant sprays, powders and fragrant soaps have been extensively touted as luxuriant products. Avoid using them around genital areas because they can irritate your bladder.
  • Avoid long baths and be habitual of taking shower regularly.
  • Be careful about birth-control methods: contraceptives like diaphragms, spermicide-added condoms can trigger bacterial infection easily leading to bladder inflammation.
  • Don’t delay evacuation of bladder. It will protect you from numerous disorders as it sidelines kidney infections, urinary discomforts and bladder inflammation.
  • Add fresh cranberries or its supplements in your diet. There is no evidence that cranberries cure acute infective cystitis, but they are ideal natural foods that keep your urinary tract healthy.
  • D-mannose: it is believed to be beneficial in urinary disturbances and has been used in diets for a long time. There is no evidence that it prevents cystitis but you can add them if you don’t have diabetes and other sugar problems.


Interstitial cystitis Mayo Clinic

Causes of cystitis NHS Inform

Cystitis treatment HSE

Cystitis Overview (NHS UK)

Cystitis: Causes and treament (Healthline)