While anything with the word honeymoon in it sounds kind of romantic, I can guarantee that honeymoon cystitis is anything but.

Bladder infections are nicknamed honeymoon cystitis as they can often occur in newly-weds, having lots of sex.

The symptoms of a bladder infection include:

  • Burning when urinating
  • Signs of blood in urine
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Feeling of needing to urinate being urgent
  • Pain or discomfort in the area around the pubic bone
  • Pain in your pee hole

None of this is sexy!!

If you have a bladder infection you will very likely not want to have sex as it will be painful and uncomfortable. It may also aggravate the problem.

To prevent honeymoon cystitis there are a couple of things to bear in mind.

1. Practice good sex hygiene.

Make sure both you and your partner are clean before sex. Clean hands and bodies are important. I prefer to have a shower before sex if at all possible as I know this minimises chances of me getting a bladder infection.

One of the common causes of bladder infections is bacteria from the anus getting to the pee hole, so just be careful where you put things.

Using lube is also a good idea to ensure that things are going smoothly and there is no irritation.

2. Pee straight after sex.

I know that getting up to pee straight after sex is not romantic and you would rather relax and enjoy being in the moment. However the sooner you can pee after sex the better. Ideally a shower after sex is best, to ensure that everything is clean.

3. Drink lots of water.

The more water you have flowing through your system, the more you can diffuse your urinary system.

4. Change your undies

If you are lucky enough to be on honeymoon in an idyllic beach location - I am totally jealous!! But just beware of staying in your swimsuit all day everyday. Salty, sweaty or damp knickers can lead to honeymoon cystitis so ensure you change into clean, dry knickers when you get a chance.

If you think you have already gotten a bladder infection, or honeymoon cystitis, then get onto fixing it straight away, don't wait around for it to cure itself.

If you are overseas or even just in a different town, it can be difficult to access health care provider or even find a pharmacy. Throw in being in pain and a language problem and all of a sudden your dream honeymoon has gone from pure romance to pure hell.

Here are some tips for finding relief in an unfamiliar location.


Water works as both a prevention and a cure for bladder infections
Water: Helps with pain, treatment and prevention

First step is to drink lots of water - this is both a prevention and cure.

Cranberry Juice

It is important to select an unsweetened cranberry juice, as sugar can aggravate the infection
Cranberry juice: Be sure to choose unsweetened

Cranberry juice can often be one of the easiest cures to get hold of in an unfamiliar town but it is important to get the right one. It is vital that you buy unsweetened cranberry juice as the sugar in sweetened cranberry juice can make the problem worse - which is the last thing you want when dealing with honeymoon cystitis.

Cranberry Extract

Cranberry extract is easy to find in many countries but not all
Cranberry Extract can be found in many pharmacies

Cranberry extract is often easy to access in many health food stores, pharmacies, etc.


As a temporary solution, antacids or anything alkaline like baking soda, can be taken to sort out the pain until you find a cure that will work for you.

The best cure is prevention so if you can avoid honeymoon cystitis altogether, it will help to make sure your honeymoon is memorable for all the right reasons.

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