How to avoid "honeymoon sickness"?

There is nothing more romantic than when the newlyweds can finally relax after the wedding together and go on the first vacation of their new life together. Unless a few sweet days or weeks are accompanied by a nasty urinary tract infection. Unfortunately, this is not rare, which is why it is called honeymoon disease. Dr. Gábor Hartman, obstetrician-gynecologist at the Duna Medical Center, explains what couples should do to prevent acute cystitis from spoiling their peaceful rest.
How to avoid "honeymoon sickness"?

Frequent sex is a natural part of the honeymoon, and this is no surprise to anyone. The surprise can come if the wife develops a urinary tract infection during the overheated days, which can make the whole trip miserable.

Who is to blame?

It's not that one member of the couple brought some secret disease with them on the trip, but that infections develop more easily during more acts than usual. The official name of the honeymoon disease is acute bladder inflammation, or acute cystitis. 40-50% of women
encounters the disease, and every fifth woman experiences acute cystitis once a year. Usually, the problem is caused by bacteria in the vagina or rectum. The female urethra is located directly above the vagina, so due to its proximity, infections are more frequent and
they develop more easily here. It is a fact that this disease is significantly more common during honeymoons, as couples have sex more often.

What are your symptoms?
The symptoms of acute cystitis are frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, uncertain lower abdominal pain, and occasional fever. In such cases, it is important to drink a lot of fluids, so it is possible to stop the process at the beginning. But if they already have a fever
we are, the pain is unbearable, then you should definitely consult a gynecologist or urologist. In such cases, it is not worth trying home remedies, because they can make the situation worse. A hot bath, for example, can help the number of bacteria to increase, so although it may feel good, it will only delay healing.

What can be done about it?
Urologists generally recommend that women empty their bladders immediately before and after sex, so go pee. "There are no statistical data on how much this reduces the frequency of the disease, but we still think that if the
part of the bacteria is excreted through the urethra after being together, so there is actually less chance of causing inflammation," added Dr. Gábor Hartman.

Can you prepare?
The most important thing in this case is that the physico-chemical condition of the vagina is appropriate. If the female member of the couple uses suppositories that maintain the normal physico-chemical state of the vagina, the chance of the occurrence of the disease can practically be significantly reduced. However, it is worth consulting with our gynecologist before using any product.

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