Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis,

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is an uncommon bladder condition that occurs at any age in women and to a lesser extent, in men. Recently interstitial cystitis has also been referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS) and bladder pain syndrome (BPS).

Although the exact cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown there are likely multiple contributing factors that make it a challenge to diagnosis and treat. The irritation, inflammation, and damage to the bladder may be caused by a deficiency in the structure of the bladder, inflammatory cells in the bladder, a substance in the urine, or the body's immune system attacking the bladder. It is possible that these factors may work together to cause interstitial cystitis.

Symptoms of interstitial cystitis may be mild to severe and may occur all the time or occasionally. Common symptoms of interstitial cystitis include:

  • urinating frequently
  • constant and/or urgent need to urinate
  • pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort
  • pain with intercourse

Interstitial cystitis also has a considerable impact on one's quality of life, affecting travel, relationships, and employment.

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