Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Cystitis is not sexually transmitted but sexual activity may trigger cystitis in some women. 


The symptoms of cystitis may include:

  • A burning feeling when passing urine
  • Increased frequency of urination and urgency to pass urine
  • Passing small amounts of urine 
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Lower abdominal pain.


Diagnosis is made by testing the urine for bacteria.


Cystitis is treated with a course of antibiotics.

This page was last updated at 2:58PM on June 2, 2022.