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Cystitis

Cystitis and Urethritis

Cystitis and Urethritis are bacterial infections of the bladder or the urethra (the tube leading from the bladder to the outside) more common in women because of the proximity of the urethral opening to the anus, from where e-coli bacteria can easily be transferred. These common but painful infections cause pain on urination or an increased feeling of the need to urinate and can be caused by sexual activity, which can bruise or inflame the area, dehydration making urine more concentrated which can cause irritation, or by transfer of bacteria when wiping after using the toilet (always wipe from front to back).

Nature’s answer to Cystitis and Urethritis

Cranberry extract has been shown to interfere with the ability of the bacteria to cling to the walls of the bladder or urethra, D-mannose is a specific form of sugar which is believed to help by attracting the bacteria to it (and therefore away from the urinary system). There are some herbs which can act as urinary disinfectants, these are uva ursi and thyme, while corn silk, yarrow and marshmallow help to reduce inflammation. The GP may prescribe antibiotics to deal with the infection, it’s a good idea to take probiotics to help rebalance the digestive system after a course of antibiotics.