Cystitis is the inflammation of the walls of the urinary bladder, usually caused by a bacterial infection traveling up from the urethra (the thin short tube through which urine exits the body). It is a form of urinary tract infection.
There are instances where cystitis occurs without a clear cause, while it may also occur in association with certain daily practices that increase the likelihood of getting cystitis.
Another strategy that is to always wipe themselves from front to back to try to stop intestinalÂ bacteriaÂ getting into theÂ vaginaÂ andÂ urethra.
Cranberry products are sometimes recommended for the prevention of cystitis. These include cranberry juice or cranberry extract tablets (available in pharmacies). But studies indicate that cranberries cannot prevent cystitis.
InÂ menopause, the body produce less of the female sex hormoneÂ estrogen,which renders the membranes lining theÂ vaginaÂ thinner and drier, hence it becomes easier forÂ bacteriaÂ to colonize them, making cystitis more likely. Estrogen creams, applied to the inside of the vagina regularly, can help reduce cystitis in some women. Adverse effects include vaginal itching and burning.