Cystitis is a common, but painful, affliction, affecting women much more frequently than men. Often also referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), this infection falls under the more general category of urinary track infections (UTIs). Those suffering from cystitis may have a more serious health problem, although the pain generated by this condition is uncomfortable. As with most bladder issues, people who have cystitis may experience symptoms such as an urgent urge to urinate, more frequent urination or pain while urinating.

Cystitis is a common, but painful, affliction, affecting women much more frequently than men…

Often also referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), this infection falls under the more general category of urinary track infections (UTIs). Those suffering from cystitis may have a more serious health problem, although the pain generated by this condition is uncomfortable. As with most bladder issues, people who have cystitis may experience symptoms such as an urgent urge to urinate, more frequent urination or pain while urinating.

In most cases, cystitis is a bacterial infection that responds well to medication. Your bladder, a balloon-type organ, can attract bacteria, causing pain and the need to urinate frequently and urgently. This UTI predominately affects women, as women have a shorter urethra, making females more susceptible to such infections. While PBS can strike at any age, the condition is most prevalent among people in their middle ages.

If you experience painful urination or urgent need to go, your doctor will ask you questions and recommend some test to diagnose the cause and severity of any infection. The most common test involves collecting a urine sample for laboratory analysis. This test allows lab experts to examine the sample for the presence of germs causing the problem. If you have an infection, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to cure the condition. As more physicians use the more descriptive term, "BPS," patients seem to better understand this condition.