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Cystitis isn’t a sexually transmitted infection (STI). But the bacteria that cause it can get into your bladder when you have sex.
Some STIs, such as chlamydia, can cause similar symptoms to cystitis. If an STI is a possibility, it’s important to get checked out at a sexual health clinic or by your GP.
The main symptoms of cystitis include burning or discomfort when you pee and needing to pee more regularly. This can include at night. You may have a strong urge to pee, and your pee may appear cloudy. Find out more in our section on symptoms.
Cystitis usually goes away by itself after a few days. If it doesn’t, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help get rid of it. You usually take these for between three and seven days. See our section on treatment to find out more.
You don’t always need to see a doctor for cystitis. If your symptoms are mild, you may be able to wait to see if they clear by themselves. There are some other circumstances when you should always see a doctor, including if you’re pregnant or if you feel very unwell. Find out more in our section on symptoms.
If you keep getting cystitis, it may help to make a few changes. Make sure you’re drinking enough fluids. It may also help to make sure you wipe from front to back after doing a poo. Don’t hold off going for a pee when you need to, or after sex. Talk to your doctor about other possible options. See our section on prevention to find out more.
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