Check your bladder
If you are susceptible to recurrent cystitis, the answers to the questions below will help you and your doctor determine the cause of the recurrence of the infection.
Is it too rare to empty your bladder? Too long retention of urine leads to bladder overflow. When this is repeated again and again, the bladder, which is a muscle, gradually weakens and cannot contract with enough force to release all the accumulated urine.
If the bladder does not empty completely, bacteria will be constantly present in it, increasing the risk of infection.
Is the infection manifested after sexual intercourse? During sexual intercourse, bacteria from the environment can enter the urethra as a result of penile movements. In some women, the infection begins every time after sexual intercourse. One 24-year-old woman told me that if she made love at 10 o'clock in the evening, she knew in advance that at 3 o'clock she would show signs of infection. The connection of cystitis with love joys is reflected in the expression “honeymoon cystitis”.
Whether you use the vaginal diaphragm or paste to destroy sperm cells ”“ Studies have shown that women using the diaphragm are 2-4 times more likely to suffer from cystitis than others, ”says Kristen Whitemore, MD, chief physician of the urology department of the basic hospital in Philadelphia. The springy rim of the diaphragm exerts pressure on the neck of the bladder, which can swell, preventing the free passage of urine, and this contributes to the development of infection. "
Studies have also shown that special pastes used with the described diaphragm violate the protective mechanism of the vagina, as a result of which the “unfavorable” flora reproduces more easily.
Do you have menopause? Reduced estrogen levels after menopause can affect the functioning of the bladder and urethra. “Moreover, says Dr. Whitemore, the aging bladder loses its elasticity and does not shrink as effectively as before. As a result, the bubble is not completely emptied. ”