More than half of all women get them at least once in their lives and many of them over and over again - a bladder infection. Sexually active women are often affected by uncomplicated urinary tract infections. Therefore, the female cystitis was previously referred to as "honeymoon disease" (English: honeymoon cystitis). Cystitis or cystitis is an acute inflammation of the bladder. The causes of acute bladder infections are usually ascending infections or so-called smear infections.
Female anatomy as a risk factor
In women, their anatomy is a risk factor. Women have a relatively short urethra. This makes it easier for bacteria to "rise" to the bladder and cause bladder infection. This carryover of germs into the bladder can be promoted by other factors.
Beware of smear infections
In addition to the significantly shorter urethra of women (4 cm versus 20 cm in men), this is also in the immediate vicinity of the genital and anal region. So bacteria can easily get out of the vagina into the urethra - it increases the risk of a smear infection z. Through sexual intercourse. Since a bladder infection in women used to occur often after the honeymoon, the doctors also talked about the "honeymoon weekend disease".
Frequent urinary urgency or pain during urination are the most common symptoms of cystitis. Despite the fierce urge, the quantities of urine released are only very small.
Uncomplicated acute cystitis, if treated on time, is short-lived in most cases. For treatment usually antibiotics are prescribed. After taking the inflammation usually sounds within a few days. Nevertheless, the mucous membrane takes another one to two weeks to complete its healing.
Tip: If you are prone to bladder infections, you should empty the bladder after intercourse and drink about half a liter of mineral water to flush any germs out of the body.