Bicycle, horse riding and cystitis

This is one of the frequently asked questions in one of our Facebook support groups:

“Is it possible to get recurrent UI when cycling or horseback riding? And if so, what can we do?”.

The answer to this question is yes: all activities that involve significant friction on the perineum can be a risk factor for cystitis (cycling, horse riding, hiking, skiing, etc.).

Bicycle and horse riding

In order to establish an adequate preventive strategy, it is necessary to identify this precipitating factor and look for the underlying mechanisms that condition the appearance of the acute episode:

a) if we are talking about abacterial cystitis, the causes can be:

-> major friction: the solution is therefore “mechanical” = wider saddle, cotton underwear (avoiding hygienic protections or choosing cotton ones), technical clothing, regular breaks to relieve, application of a soothing cream before and after the session (Ausilium Crema and/or Pealen Crema)

-> sweating/lack of hydration/more acidic urine: the solution lies in the correct approaches = increase water consumption, use a urinary alkalinizer, make sure to use cotton pads and technical underwear and breathable technical clothing, urinate regularly, etc.

-> contracture and/or solicitation of nerve endings during the effort: the solution, therefore, will be a proper posture and a good management of the recovery after the session = stretching, pelvic floor release exercises, supplementation with Magnesium and Alpha-lipoic acid, cardiac coherence, etc.

In all these cases, the use of natural anti-inflammatories such as Cistiquer or Pealen is indicated.

b. if we are talking about bacterial cystitis, the causes can be:

-> opening of the biofilms due to the effort and the favorable conditions for bacteria: the solution is to fight against this presence of biofilms + increase the dose of D-Mannose to manage the bacterial attack while doing sports

-> ascent of bacteria from the perineum to the urinary meatus: the solution isabove all to have proper intimate hygiene and to make sure that the perineal area is not conducive to bacterial proliferation (without synthetic hygienic protection, with cotton underwear, etc.). Ausilium Crema application will also create a line of defenses against bacteria.

In all cases, a higher intake of D-Mannose is recommended after the sports session.

Bicycle, horse riding and cystitis

As stated above, cycling and horse riding are undoubtedly aggravating or maintenance factors within a larger framework that includes other risk factors that need to be identified and managed for an effective and sustainable approach.

If you want to deepen the topic, you can write us contact@deakos.com

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