Honeymoon cystitis

  • By Dr. T Deepa Porkodi

Honeymoon cystitis is a term for urinary tract infections that occur commonly during early marriage.

Sexual intercourse is the primary reason for developing this infection. The infection occurs when the E. coli bacteria that are normally present in the bowel are introduced into the urethra.

This may happen through sexual intercourse, inserting unclean fingers or objects into the vagina. Women who wash their private parts from the back to front also have an increased chance of developing infection.

Symptoms of honeymoon cystitis may include a burning or painful sensation during urination, the urge to urinate frequently, cloudy urine, blood-tinged urine, and/or pain above the pubic bone. Any of these is enough o play a spoilsport and dampen your honeymoon mood!

Symptoms of honeymoon cystitis generally emerge within a day or two after bacteria are introduced into the urethra. A physician can confirm the diagnosis of infection through a simple urine test.

The treatment usually involves antibiotics and pain-killers.

What care should you take to avoid honeymoon cystitis from recurring?

  1. Use water based lubricant during sexual intercourse
  2. Urinate before and immediately after intercourse to flush out the bacteria from the urethra.
  3. Drink plenty of water to keep the urine normal
  4. Avoid coffee, tea and aerated drinks
  5. See a gynaecologist or a urologist if the problem recurs.
    Urinary tract infections are extremely common in women and are the leading cause for visits to the doctor.