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If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may suggest a treatment called a bladder wash, such as Cystistat.

What is a bladder wash?

This is a liquid medicine that coats and protects the lining of the bladder, making it less irritated. It may help if your cystitis isn’t getting better.

How does it work?

A small tube (catheter) is passed up your penis and fills your bladder with the liquid medicine. The liquid stays inside your bladder for as long as possible (at least half an hour). You then go to the toilet to empty your bladder.

How often will I have it?

You’ll normally have this treatment once a week for four weeks. After that, you’ll normally have the treatment once a month until your symptoms have improved.