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Understanding Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)

Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder lining that causes pain and pressure in the pelvic area around the bladder.

Women with IC often feel the need to urinate frequently in addition to experiencing painful urination even though bladder infection is not the cause. For many women, IC interrupts their normal daily activities because of the need to stay close to a bathroom and a constant feeling of discomfort.

What is often most frustrating about this condition is that no exact cause has been pinpointed; however, IC patients may also have other health conditions such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and pelvic floor dysfunction, among other conditions.

Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis

While symptoms of IC may vary for each individual, you may experience some or all of the following:

  • Pain in the bladder and in the pelvic region surrounding the bladder. Pain may range from mild to severe.
  • Urgent and frequent need to urinate, even if the bladder is not full.
  • Pain that worsens during menstruation
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
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