I have stopped showers, baths, or swimming in chlorinated water. It is completely stopped my chronic urethritis symptoms. Also, don not have sexual intercourse. Gentle oral sex, but not for long. When over, put refrigerated cold pack on area. I have my hair washed once a week at my salon, use a wet washcloth to clean BUT DO NOT USE IN VAGINAL AREA. Believe me, you won't stink up the joint. Daily bathing was unheard of until about the 1950s. Also, if you must shower, take two pyridium (available over the counter) two hours before and two more 4 to 6 hours later. (Your urine will be bright orange.)
Wipe gently from from to back after peeing. Do not get close to anal area. After bowel movement, again wipe in the direction away from vagina/urethra. Then clean well with baby wipe, again not contacting vaginal/urethral area. Know your anatomy. Look at your urethra. Bend down and place a mirror on the floor between your legs. Use small lamp or flashlight. Your urethral meatus (opening) will probably protrude a bit, which is why washing/water is problematic. It removes mucous secretion that keeps the urethra healthy. Also, if the urethra becomes inflamed, the pain can refer up the urethra, causing spasms, which are incredibly painful. It can continue into bladder and even urethers/kidneys. Again, know your anatomy. For bladder pain, use heat.
I am 69 years old so it's easier for me to refrain from sex . . . although my husband who is 72 isn't real thrilled with this, he is understanding. Explain to your partner that you are trying something for two weeks . . . that's the no bathing, no sex part . . . and that if it works, he'll have a much happier person to deal with.
I have never used anything topical that worked, including lidocaine which just inflamed the area more. Leave it alone. Try it for two weeks and see what happens. Good luck to all my fellow sufferers.View Thread