Are Bladder Infections Contagious?
Not in the classical sense of contagion, but it is slightly more complicated than that.
Although bladder infections themselves are not contagious, it is possible to pass the E.coli back and forth between partners, thus triggering a bladder infection.
For example, many women get a bladder infection after cunnilingus (sorry).
Mouths can harbour E.coli. Others get it after vigorous sex, but not after gentle sex.
In this case, it is less likely to be a new infection coming from ourside the body, than to be from bacteria that are already there in your bladder.
Is there always a trigger cause?
You’ll often not be able to find a trigger cause.
This is because E.coli lives naturally in the human body, and so your infection may not have come from outside your body at all.
In other words, there may be nobody to blame.
Sometimes, and for reasons we can’t always pin down, the E.coli gets into your urinary tract – normally a sterile place.
Once there, unless it is rapidly flushed away, it clings to your cell walls, and given the right circumstances, begins to multiply, damaging the membranes by causing a great deal of inflammation.
Does my lifestyle affect my propensity for cystitis?
Obviously,there is also a relationship between what you drink and eat, and your propensity for infection.
A healthy immune system is very much related to diet.
Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables stimulates a healthy immune system. Stodgy prepackaged foods can damage it.
Red meat is especially damaging to the immune system, since many animals are fed hormones and antibiotics to stimulate weight gain, and most meats contain bacteria that your immune system has to continually fight.
It is also clear that we should all drink plenty of fresh clean water,and cut down on coffee, tea, and alcohol.