Professor Ellis Downes, Consultant Obstetrician at The Portland Hospital
Q. I keep contracting cystitis after having had my baby a month ago. How can I prevent this?
A. Cystitis can be quite common after childbirth. This can occur due to changes in the hormones after pregnancy which can affect the immune system. Also with pelvic floor laxity, if the bladder is not completely emptying, there may be a small pool of urine in the bladder which predisposes towards repeated cystitis infections. The best way to prevent this happening is to drink plenty of fluids to keep the urine dilute. It is important to perform pelvic floor exercises after delivery to maximise pelvic tone so that the bladder is well supported and emptying completely. Most women find their symptoms can be treated quickly, working with a sympathetic midwife, obstetrician and physiotherapist.
For further information or to book an appointment please contact Professor Downes’ secretary:
Telephone: 020 7935 7341 or 01707 873 122
Fax: 020 7935 7342 or 01707 870 825