Cystitis and intimacy

Cystitis after intimacy occurs in 25-30% of women aged 20 to 40 years. This disease is of a chronic recurrent nature and requires mandatory medical intervention. If left untreated, the disease spreads to the appendages and causes extremely serious complications. Therefore, it is worth finding out why, after sex, some women develop cystitis and what is the danger of such a condition.

intimacy and cystitis after intimacy

Causes of cystitis after proximity

The causes of cystitis after proximity are provoked by various factors, ranging from individual characteristics of the body structure and ending with violations of the rules of personal hygiene.

Risk factor's

The main risk factors include:

  1. High sexual activity and frequent change of partner.
  2. The presence of gynecological diseases. In this case, cystitis appears with additional symptoms and is difficult to treat.
  3. Refusal to use contraception.
  4. Non-compliance with the rules of personal hygiene, use of soap or other aggressive agents for washing.
  5. Refusing to use lubricant with increased vaginal dryness.
  6. Violation of hygiene during sexual intercourse.

The conditions described above can cause pathogenic microflora to enter the urethra and spread of inflammation to the bladder. Comorbidities such as diabetes, obesity, or STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) can make the situation worse. It should be understood that bacteria living on the genitals can become dangerous if they enter the urethra.


Cystitis after intercourse can develop in women who prefer aggressive sex. As a result of the act, the genitourinary organs are often damaged, and the protective properties of the mucous membrane are reduced several times. At the same time, the barrier that maintains the spread of pathogenic microorganisms, which multiply freely in the environment not only of the vagina, but also of the bladder, disappears.

Also, trauma-induced cystitis after sex is called defloration. Very often, inexperienced girls who have a first partner have a similar problem. In this case, the pathogenic microflora from the outside enters the vagina, and then goes to the urethra, causing inflammation.

The second name for this cystitis is honeymoon cystitis.

Venereal diseases

Microorganisms such as chlamydia, mycoplasma, and ureaplasma, which cause sexually transmitted diseases, can lead to the development of cystitis. If left untreated, the number of bacteria reaches a critical level and is more likely to pass into the bladder.

In simple terms, STDs are one of the most common causes of cystitis. The risks are especially high in patients with gonorrhea. This disease is accompanied by profuse discharge from the urethra, however, in certain circumstances, the inflammatory process can rise, affecting the bladder.

pathogens of sexually transmitted diseases as a cause of cystitis after proximity

Structural characteristics

Anatomical defects can also trigger the development of cystitis. In this case, the disease will be chronic in nature and will be accompanied by constant relapses. In this case, it is impossible to completely get rid of cystitis without solving the original problem. The most common pathologies are:

  • Excessive mobility of the urethral canal. At the same time, a woman develops adhesions from the remnants of the hymen and creates favorable conditions for the development of the inflammatory process;
  • vaginal ectopia. In this situation, the external opening of the urethra is below normal. Because of this, pathogenic microorganisms from the vagina during intercourse enter the urethra and spread higher up to the bladder.

Such pathologies are extremely rare, but they bring most of the inconvenience, requiring cardinal medical intervention.

After having unprotected sex

Each person has their own bacterial background. Some microorganisms located in the urethra of a man are completely safe for the wearer of him and do not show his activity in any way throughout his life. However, as soon as these microorganisms are in the female vagina, they begin to actively multiply, provoking the development of inflammation, including cystitis.

After protected sex

This is an extremely rare condition that does not generally occur in medical practice. In this case, cystitis can begin if a woman has inflammatory diseases of the vagina and a violation of physiological norms.

Symptoms of cystitis after proximity.

Cystitis after intercourse has symptoms similar to any other form of cystitis. Manifestations of the disease include:

  1. The appearance of a sensation of pain and burning in the lower abdomen.
  2. Increased pain and discomfort when urinating.
  3. Constant need to empty the bladder.
  4. There is blood or mucus in the urine.
  5. Increase in body temperature to 37-38 degrees.

Also, sex is accompanied by painful sensations, as a result of which a woman begins to move away from intimacy with a man.

Important!It takes time for cystitis to develop. If unpleasant signs appeared immediately after sex or during the act, most likely the reason lies in something else. In this case, you need to urgently visit a doctor who will tell you what to do.


Treatment of cystitis after proximity, like any other disease, begins with a diagnosis. High-quality and correct diagnosis is the key to successful treatment and prevents many complications. To diagnose and determine the root cause of the disease, the specialist prescribes:

  • blood test;
  • general urinalysis;
  • sow urine for microflora;
  • ultrasound examination of the bladder;
  • vaginal swab;
  • general gynecological examination to determine the presence of physiological disorders.

In addition, the specialist listens to the patient's complaints, asks leading questions and analyzes the data obtained. It should be understood that cystitis after AP can occur in any woman, especially against the background of reduced immunity.

ultrasound of the bladder with cystitis after proximity


Cystitis therapy includes the following measures:

  1. Pain relief with the help of painkillers. These can be tablets or suppositories.
  2. Take antibiotics to suppress pathogenic microflora.
  3. The appointment of antiviral and antifungal drugs (in this case, it all depends on the type of pathogen).

Also, patients are advised to take multivitamin complexes to restore natural immunity. Homemade recipes can be used to complement the treatment. Also, to cure the disease once and for all, intimacy is unacceptable during therapy. Therefore, you can be sure that the disease will not get worse, and the treatment procedures will be as effective as possible.


The most common medications used to treat cystitis after intimacy are antibiotics. These funds suppress the vital activity of pathogenic microorganisms, promote rapid recovery and reduce the risk of relapse.

In addition to antibiotics, patients are prescribed antispasmodics to relieve pain.

The appointment of antiviral agents for the treatment of cystitis after sex is justified only if the disease is venereal in nature.

If the disease is caused by fungi, antifungal antibiotics are also included in the therapeutic complex.

Important!Only an experienced specialist can prescribe quality treatment. Self-medication for cystitis is unacceptable, especially if the disease is caused by an STD. Also, the doctor will be able to determine what caused the cystitis.


Surgery is prescribed by a doctor in the presence of congenital or acquired defects of the urethra. The most common operation is to lift the vagina (transposition of the urethra). The operation is performed in a hospital, while the recovery period varies from one week to two. After full recovery, relapses occur only in 5% of women, in other cases, full recovery occurs.


Traditional medicine is based on the use of medicinal herbs and fruits for cystitis in women after intimacy. Among the recipes are:

  1. Cranberry infusion.For the recipe, you need to pour a tablespoon of lingonberry leaves with a glass of boiling water and leave for 30-40 minutes. After that, filter the infusion and take 6 tablespoons 4 times a day.
  2. Bearberry infusion.The recipe and application scheme are similar to the cranberry infusion.
  3. Flax seeds.Two tablespoons of flax seeds are poured into a glass of boiling water and boiled on a steam bath for 10-15 minutes. After that, the broth can be filtered or consumed with the seeds. They drink a glass of broth a day.
  4. Baths to sit on. . . It is better to take herbs that have an antibacterial effect, such as a chamomile decoction, to prepare a sitz bath. The time to take a sitz bath can be 15 to 30 minutes. This is a great way to relieve pain when it goes on.

Cystitis with oral or anal sex

Inflammation during oral sex can only develop if there is inflammation in the mouth of the sexual partner. For example, it can be dental diseases such as cavities. In addition, a high risk of developing cystitis is observed in couples who have oral sex with diseases of the throat or bronchopulmonary system.

Cystitis after anal sex develops more often. The risk is especially high for couples who combine unprotected anal and vaginal sex. In this case, the bacteria that live in the anus end up in the vagina and can subsequently pass into the urethra.

Can cystitis appear in men after PA?

In men, cystitis infection occurs along the "upward" path. In other words, the microorganisms gradually move through the urethra and eventually reach the bladder. As for cystitis infection after sex, this phenomenon never occurs in the stronger sex.

The exceptions are physiological disorders that promote the advancement of pathogenic microorganisms. Therefore, the disease occurs in women after intimacy and almost never affects men.

Precautionary measures

To reduce the risk of developing inflammation after AP, experts recommend observing the following rules:

  • use condoms during sex, especially with unfamiliar partners;
  • control personal hygiene;
  • do not alternate anal and vaginal sex;
  • give preference to antibacterial lubricants;
  • take vitamins and minerals;
  • treat illnesses, including STDs, early;
  • Do not refuse surgical care if the urethra is not positioned correctly or if other pathologies are found.

When visiting a doctor, postcoital cystitis is treated quite easily. To reduce the risk of relapse in the future, it is important to abandon self-medication and entrust health to an experienced specialist. If you develop cystitis after having sex, it is important to find out the root cause!