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Anyone can get cystitis at any age, although it is more common in women. You are most likely to get cystitis if you are sexually active. Pregnancy, childbirth and the menopause may also increase the likelihood of getting cystitis. Men and children can also suffer from cystitis, but it is less common, so in these cases you should always seek medical advice.

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Urethritis is an inflammation or infection only in the urethral tube. Urethritis can sometimes occur before cystitis develops higher up in the bladder.

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Not according to research. Cystitis can affect anyone.

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If both partners wash before and after sex with cool water, this may help prevent cystitis. Also try to urinate before and after sex, as this helps flush out any bacteria that may have entered the urethra.

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Occasionally cystitis can progress to infection of the kidneys, which will require treatment with antibiotics. Cystitis may also be confused with other conditions such as urethritis or interstitial cystitis. If you are in any doubt, always consult your doctor.

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