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By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

Cystitis appears as frequent and smarting urination. Drink plenty of fluid. Urination after intercourse can prevent cystitis from arising. Fever and chills can be signs of pyelonephritis.

Cystitis occurs very frequently. Pregnant women, women with prolapse of the uterus and very young women are especially exposed to developing cystitis. Younger women sometimes have cystitis after a period with frequent intercourse. Cystitis also occurs frequently with men with enhanced prostate gland.

Cystitis appears as frequent urination, smarting when urinating, pain across the bottom part of the stomach and a feeling of not being able to completely empty the bladder. The urine can be smelly and bloody. During common cystitis, you do not have a fever.

Cystitis can develop into pyelonephritis. In the case of pyelonephritis, you are seriously ill with chills, nausea, vomiting, fever up to 39-40ºC and pain across the lower back.

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It is not contagious.


Cystitis is almost always caused by bacteria and should therefore be treated with antibiotics. When your doctor has started your treatment of antibiotics, the nuisances should diminish after 1 to 2 days.

What can you do?

You should drink plenty of fluid. If you have cystitis frequently after intercourse, it s recommended to try to urinate immediately after the intercourse.

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If you have signs of cystitis, for example smarting when urinating.

Contact the doctor immediately

If you have nuisances when urinating and your temperature rises to 39-40ºC, have chills and pain across the lower back.