Sexual intercourse may lead to cystitis, but you don’t have to be sexually active to develop it.
All people with vaginas are at risk of cystitis, this is simply down to the shorter distance from the anus to the urethra.
Infection of the urethra, also known as urethritis.
Urethritis is when gastrointestinal bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra.
Also, because the female urethra is close to the vagina, sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and mycoplasma, can cause urethritis.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
Some of those who contract a UTI are asymptomatic, which can be dangerous, but typically the symptoms are rather prominent.