If you continually suffering cystitis, your doctor may recommend:

  • If you’ve found that sex provokes cystitis, a single-dose antibiotic to take within 2 hours of having sex
  • a low-dose antibiotic to take for up to 6 months
  • a vaginal oestrogen cream if you’ve gone through the menopause

Even if you have cystitis symptoms, medications may not work or urine testing may not detect an infection in some women.

This could indicate that you have a long-term (chronic) bladder infection that current urine tests are failing to detect. Request a referral to a specialist for additional testing and treatment from your primary care physician.

Long-term infections are linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer in people aged 60 and over.


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