Here at DiscovHER HEALTH, we care about treating woman with INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS.

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition that causes bladder pain, urinary urgency, and frequency. IC is a form of bladder inflammation that occurs when the protective lining of the bladder is damaged or weakened.

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a condition where patients experience chronic pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort and bladder symptoms such as urinary frequency, urgency or difficulty urinating. The key point is that people with IC have these symptoms even though tests show no evidence of urinary tract infection or other bladder diseases. In severe cases, IC can present with ulceration and bleeding of the bladder lining and can lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder wall. Sometimes IC is associated with other chronic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, vulvodynia or pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.

The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is currently unknown. Some people with IC can recall an injury or infection at the time when the symptoms began. At this time, it is felt that IC is likely related to increased bladder sensitivity due to altered processing of pain signals in the brain and spinal cord, a combination of an inflammation and/or defects in the bladder lining and spasm in the pelvic floor muscles, and/or genetic susceptibility.

Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis

Painful sexual intercourse

Pelvic pain ore pressure related to bladder function and is often associated with the feeling of needing to urinate often or that the bladder is never empty,

Waking up from sleep to urinate
The American Urologic Association recommends that treatment be individualized based on patient symptoms. Treatment usually starts with diet and lifestyle changes like avoiding foods and beverages that cause bladder irritation, bladder retraining, and stress reduction.

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