You may never have heard of cystitis before, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience it in your lifetime.

Most women experience the discomfort and pain that comes with a bout of cystitis at some point in their lives, but how do you know it’s cystitis and how can you deal with it easily?

We’ll talk you through how to identify the symptoms which can then be easily resolved by taking an antibiotic such as trimethoprim. You can even buy trimethoprim online making it easy to resolve your cystitis quickly.

Pain when you urinate

One of the most common symptoms of cystitis is a sharp stabbing pain (think razor blades!), stinging or burning when you urinate. This happens each time and is incredibly painful.

Needing to urinate frequently

Another very frequent symptom of cystitis is the need to urinate regularly. You may have only been to the toilet a couple of minutes ago, yet your brain is telling you that you need to go again. You’re likely to only be passing small amounts each time.

Dark, cloudy urine

Cystitis is often caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI). Women are more prone to these, and often one of the ways that you can tell you have cystitis caused by a UTI is because your urine is dark, cloudy and smells strongly. One of the ways you can help dilute it is by drinking plenty of water which will also help flush out the bacteria.

Pain or discomfort in your lower abdomen

You may also feel a pain or some discomfort in your lower abdomen which is caused by the infection. This can feel like an uncomfortable ache or it can be incredibly painful.

You may also be able to feel this in your lower back instead of, or as well as, your tummy.

A fever

Lots of people also get a fever with a nasty bout of cystitis, so you could have a raised temperature and feel very cold and achy.

Try to drink plenty of water, which will also help your cystitis and don’t overload the blankets even if you do feel cold because this can cause you to overheat.

Feeling generally unwell

As many bouts of cystitis come from getting a UTI, you often find it accompanied by a general feeling of nausea and tiredness. Even if you don’t have a fever you may still feel achy as well.

Obviously this can be an indication of lots of health issues, but if it’s combined with some of the other symptoms then it’s likely to be cystitis.