Cystitis – gynaecologist or urologist to the rescue?
Should the condition persist for a few days, we are likely to have contracted bacterial infection. “The kidneys are responsible for maintaining the fine balance of some 300-500 bacteria. When pathogenic bacteria proliferate in the bladder, our system reacts with acute infection that makes micturition a painful business, often worsened by spasms in the lower abdomen. Naturally, the patient had better consult a urologist,” says Dr. Rosta.
The reason why most women seek advice from a gynaecologist is the proximity of the urinary tract and female reproductive organs. Sexually active women often think that they have contracted the condition from their partners. The difference, though, is palpable: the sure signs of vaginal infection are unpleasant itching and vaginal discharge, sometimes also followed by a pain in the lower abdomen, but never related to urinating.