Sometimes cystitis keeps coming back. The menopause, having sex and kidney problems can all contribute to recurrent cystitis, but often there is no clear cause. If you find your cystitis returns frequently, there are ways you can look after yourself to help keep it at bay. Try these simple steps:
Dress with care. Try not to wear very tight jeans. Choose loose-fitting cotton underwear and change daily.
Wash with care. Have a shower instead of a bath, and avoid perfumed soaps and bubble baths. Try fragrance free or sensitive skin formulations
Get into the habit. Try to go to the toilet as soon as you need to and making sure you empty your bladder fully. Always wipe carefully from the front to the back. Empty your bladder soon after sex to help flush away bacteria.
Drink lots. Plenty of fluids will flush out your bladder frequently, and cut out caffeine and alcohol, which can make you dehydrated. Drinking cranberry juice has traditionally been used to help reduce your chance of getting cystitis.
Eat well. Lots of fruit and vegetables will help to support your immune system and help you fight off infections. Watch out for foods that might trigger your cystitis. Acidic foods and drinks, such as tea, coffee, alcohol, sugar, processed meats, spicy foods and undiluted citrus juices, can trigger cystitis, so if you are prone to the infection try to avoid them, and if you are overcoming an infection eliminate them from your diet completely.