Q. Can lots of honeymoon sex cause cystitis?
A: “Honeymoon cystitis is caused by friction, which leads to inflammation and entry of bacteria into the urethra which can cause stinging,” says Angela Chalmers, pharmacist at Boots. “Use lubricant to prevent friction and soreness. Empty your bladder before and after sex as this will reduce chances of bacterial infection as you are flushing any bacteria out before it can reach your bladder.
“If you do suffer, go to a local pharmacy to buy cystitis sachets. These neutralise the urine so it is less acidic and stinging. The usual dose is one sachet in a glass of water for three days. If this doesn’t help after two days then you need to see a doctor as you may need a short course of antibiotic. Some women get lower back pain and fever with a bladder infection so take paracetamol to ease these symptoms.
Consider packing Cymalon Sachets, £4.45 for six sachets, designed to relieve the burning pain of cystitis.
Q: How can I avoid getting my period during my wedding and honeymoon?
A: “If you’re taking oral contraceptive pills, speak to your doctor or pharmacist as with some, such as the combined oral contraceptive pill, you can simply start taking the next pack without the usual seven day break,” says Louise Baglole, pharmacist at Lloydspharmacy “If you are taking a tri- or bi-phasic contraceptive pill then you will need to take the last ‘phase’ of the pills from the second pack immediately after finishing the first pack.
“If you don’t take an oral contraceptive pill, there is a tablet called norethisterone. Your GP would need to ensure this was suitable for you and if prescribed would need to be started 3-4 days before a period is due and continued while you are on honeymoon. Your period will then normally begin 2-3 days after stopping taking the tablets. Some women experience side effects such as bloating, stomach upset and breast discomfort whilst taking these tablets. Both these methods normally work but can’t be guaranteed.”
Q. If we’re planning to try for a honeymoon baby, when should I stop taking the Pill before we go?
A: “There are varied views on this subject but The Family Planning Association states that usual advice is to ‘wait until you have one normal period before trying to get pregnant’ as this will help your GP or midwife to accurately predict your due date,” says Angela Chalmers, pharmacist at Boots. “This will give you some time to make sure your body is in optimal health to get pregnant by taking measures such as starting folic acid, and lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, stopping smoking, giving up alcohol etc. Keep a note of all your periods when you stop the pill as this will help your doctor monitor the progress of your pregnancy and gives an accurate conception date.”