Mild cystitis will usually clear up on its own within a few days, although sometimes you may need to take antibiotics.


Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by an infection. It's a common type of urinary tract infection.


Common symptoms of cystitis include pain when peeing, needing to pee more often than usual and pain low down in your tummy.


Cystitis is usually caused by bacteria from your bowel or skin getting into your bladder. Sexually active women can get cystitis regularly.


Cystitis may get better by itself in a few days. Drinking plenty of water and taking painkillers can help. Some people need to take antibiotics.


Things you can do that may help prevent cystitis include staying well hydrated and going for a pee soon after having sex.

Page last reviewed: 09/08/2018
Next review due: 09/08/2021