August 19, 2019

Bladder infections | Symptoms| | Causes | | Treatment |

Honeymoon Cystitis

Do you know that Germs can be massaged into the bladder with intercourse ?,These germs cause the lining inside the bladder to become red and inflamed. Find out more in this article about  Bladder infections | Symptoms| | Causes | | Treatment |.

Bladder infections (cystitis) are caused by germs that invade and infect the bladder.

These germs cause the lining inside the bladder to become red and inflamed, just as your throat does when it gets infected.

Since pus cells and germs from the infection are passed in the urine, it is often easy to diagnose a bladder infection by urine tests.

Why do Bladder infections occur more often in women than in men? 

Bladder infections occur frequently in women because the urethra, the tube through which the urine leaves the bladder and empties to the outside, is so short (one and one-half to two inches long).

This makes it easy for gems from the vulva to get up through the urethra to the bladder.

Germs can be massaged into the bladder with intercourse and most women do not have bladder infections until they start having intercourse.  

Poor toilet habits can also introduce germs into the bladder.

For this reason a woman should wipe her vulva from front to back after urinating or having  a bowel movement.

What are the symptoms of cystitis or bladder infection? 

A bladder infection usually comes on suddenly as a burning sensation when urinating and the need to urinate frequently are common symptoms.

Other symptoms are blood in the urine and pain in the lower abdomen, behind the pubic bone.

When a woman first notices these symptoms she should immediately call her doctor and get medication, whether it is night or day. If she does not, she can quickly get extremely uncomfortable.

What is “Honeymoon Cystitis”? 

Honeymoon cystitis is a term applied to a bladder infection that develops after a woman first starts having intercourse.

This type of cystitis is often merely an irritation in the urethra, but some times it is an irritation of the bladder caused by the penis thrusting against it. 

Many times this is not a true infection of these tissues, and all that is required is a drug to soothe the bladder and urethra.

Most experts recommend that a bride who is a virgin should take antibiotics and Pyridium on her honeymoon just in case she develops this problem.

Honeymoon cystitis can also occur when a woman resumes intercourse after several months of abstinence.

It does not necessarily occur immediately but sometimes develops several weeks or  months after resuming or starting sexual activity.

Are there other things related to sexual practices that might Cause Bladder infections (cystitis) ?

There are two sexual practices that might contribute to bladder infections: oral sex and anal sex. 

If your husband stimulates your clitoris and vulva areas with his mouth and tongue, he may be contaminating the area with germs.

For most women, oral stimulation by their husbands is not a factor in their cystitis and is generally a normal, healthy sexual activity.

If you have a frustrating problem with recurrent bladder infections, you might try stopping this practice for a few months to see if it makes any difference.

The same applies to anal, or rectal intercourse.

"If you do have anal intercourse, gynecologist recommend  that you do not allow your husband to insert his penis into your vagina after it has been in your rectum because this puts germs from your rectum into your vagina". 

lf you practice anal intercourse and are having a major problem with bladder infections; you should stop this practice completely even if your husband does not go back into your vagina after rectal intercourse.

If you notice that this helps clear up your bladder infection, you should discontinue anal intercourse.

One other sexual practice that may contribute to Bladder infections is the penis entering the vagina from the rear.

if you feel that you get a great deal of poking on your bladder from your husband's penis with this or any sexual position you normally use, change that technique if you continue to have problems with cystitis and see if it makes any difference.

How is Bladder infection (cystitis) treated?

Treatment for cystitis is classified into three categories

👉 First cystitis episode: You should call your doctor immediately when you have symptoms of cystitis.

if it is inconvenient for you to take a urine specimen to a laboratory for instance, if the problem develops at night or while you are out of town the doctor will probably prescribe medications anyway.

"The medications might be Pyridium to soothe the bladder, and an antibiotic such as Septra, Macrodantin, or Ampicillin to kill the germs".

Pyridium will color your urine orange. Since this can stain your clothing, you need to carefully avoid getting this colored urine on clothes that you value.

With this type of medication, the burning will usually stop within twelve hours.

It was once thought that women needed to be treated with antibiotics for ten or twelve days, but it has recently been found that treatment with an appropriate  antibiotic for five days, or even for one day will get rid of most bladder infections.

However, it is important that you take all the medication your doctor prescribes. '

👉 Repeat episodes of cystitis: it is common for cystitis to return, even though it has been treated properly.

Most doctors want a urine culture done if a woman calls back with another infection within a month or two of the first infection.

This is done to determine which germ is causing the infection and which drug is most likely to cure it. (If the germs responded to the drug previously used, the same drug may be given again.)

This time, though, the doctor may encourage you to drink cranberry juice and take vitamin C. This promotes an acidic urine in which germs grow poorly.

Drinking more water will promote flushing of the bladder.

You should also urinate after each act of intercourse to wash any germs from your bladder and urethra, and to keep stagnant urine from staying in your bladder.

👉 Recurrent infection: If you continue to have bladder infections, you should see a urologist.

The infection may actually be coming from gems that have infected the kidney and are coming down in the urine to infect the bladder.

Of course, the reverse could happen: Continued presence of germs in your bladder could eventually result in your kidneys becoming infected.

"Recurrent bladder infections may be caused by a stricture of the urethra, a condition in which the opening of the urethra is so tight that it prevents complete emptying of the bladder".

stagnant urine can provide excellent culture media for the growth of germs.

If you have recurrent infections and you see a urologist, he or she will normally check to be sure your urethra is not too small.

The doctor may also look inside your bladder by cystoscopy to make sure you do not have a growth that might be causing the infection, and will often order a kidney Xray (IVP) to make sure your kidneys do not show signs of chronic infection.

You will then be treated and kept under the urologist’s care for repeated treatment of your bladder or kidney problems if that is necessary. Call the urologist (rather than your gynecologist) when symptoms recur.

There are many patients on kidney machines today because their kidney were destroyed by neglected kidney disease. There is no need for you to risk this.

Remember Health Is Wealth 

Written by: Isikadi Precious RN.

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