Getting ready for your first honeymoon? Then you would probably need to learn about a term called ‘Honeymoon Cystitis’. Sounds funny? Well, it could become a serious condition if not taken care of properly.
Honeymoon Cystitis is a kind of vaginal infection that commonly occurs in newly married women who either have sex for the first time with a new partner or have sex for the first time altogether. The name of the disorder dates back to the medieval ages wherein women were thought to lose their virginity only during their honeymoon.
How Is Honeymoon Cystitis Caused?
With First Time Sex
Generally speaking, Honeymoon Cystitis is a urinary tract infection that occurs when the hymen in the vagina breaks, which usually happens when you have sex for the first time ever. When the hymen breaks, you can expect pain and a little bleeding in the area.
In addition to the blood attracting infections, frequent sex would cause more wear and tear to the skin tissues in the vagina (which would be pretty tight in virgin women), thereby increasing the chances of contracting infections in and around the area.
With A New Partner
The situation is different in women who have had sex before but are having sex for the first time with a new partner. It is a known fact that the vagina contains miniscule amounts of bacteria that are necessary for the proper regulation of the vaginal functions.
In the case of women having sex for the first time with a new partner, there are chances for these bacteria to be pushed up into the urinary tract and bladder during penetration. This in turn would lead to bacterial infections in these areas. Ideally, this would mean that your body has still not adjusted to the new body (your partner).
Symptoms You Need To Look Out For
There are a few symptoms that can help you diagnose Honeymoon Cystitis. These include frequent urination and the urge to urinate even if the bladder is empty, burning urination and a constant burning sensation in the urinal opening, bleeding urination, irritation in the groin area, and lower abdominal pain.
5 Ways To Treat Honeymoon Cystitis
Time Will Heal Everything
Your body is encountering something it has never experienced before. And so, it may take some time for your body to get adjusted to the new change. Give it some time to heal itself. Meanwhile, you can follow these tips to remain safe.
Cleansing Your Body
It is a known fact that almost any kind of infection can be effectively taken care of if you flush out the organisms responsible for the same from your body. And the best way to do that would be to drink plenty of water, a natural cleanser. Drinking plenty of water, juices, fluids etc. can help your body flush out infections, including Honeymoon Cystitis.
Maintaining Personal Hygiene
It is considered extremely important to maintain a high level of personal hygiene every time you have sex, or use the bathroom for that matter. Carry a good quality antiseptic soap or lotion with you wherever you go and wash yourself every time you use the bathroom.
Cleaning Out The Urinary Tract
It has been frequently told that urinating before sex would enable you avoid urinating by mistake during sexual intercourse. However, there is another more important and beneficial reason behind the act.
Urinating before sex would ensure that your bladder is empty when you have sex with your partner. This would make it difficult for bacteria to travel inside your urinary tract and bladder (pretty easy otherwise if you have full bladder wherein your urine acts as a medium for the bacteria to travel in).
It also pays to urinate immediately after having sex. This would flush out bacteria if any from the urinary tract, thus cleansing the same and thwarting infections.
If Nothing Works
If the remedies you follow don’t work and the symptoms show on your body even after 5 days (or worsen within this period), it is recommended that you check with a doctor immediately for alternate options.