The best thing you can do to prevent cystitis is to stay hydrated. If your urine is straw coloured, you're hydrated enough. Dark coloured urine is a sign you need to drink more.
What not to drink
If you’re prone to cystitis it’s best to avoid drinks that are known to irritate your bladder, including caffeinated, fizzy or alcoholic beverages. Remember, everyone is different so you might find there’s a particular food or drink that triggers your cystitis. You might want to think about keeping a food and drink diary to help you identify any dietary triggers.
Self-help tips for Cystitis
- Avoid perfumed soaps, shower and bath products and vaginal deodorants.
- Wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing tight trousers.
- If your cystitis is triggered by sexual intercourse, it can help if both you and your partner wash carefully before and after sex.
- Empty your bladder before and after sex, as this helps to flush out any bacteria which have entered the urethra.
- Pass urine when you feel the urge, rather than trying to ‘hold on’ until later. Make sure you empty your bladder completely.
- Wipe your bottom from front to back, to help prevent bacteria spreading.