Interstitial cystitis


Overview of interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (sometimes called painful bladder syndrome) is a condition characterized by chronic bladder or pelvic pain and the frequent urge to urinate. Interstitial cystitis is much more common in women than in men.

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Symptoms of interstitial cystitis

Signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis include:

  • Recurring, sudden, urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain, pressure, or discomfort in the lower abdomen or pelvic region
  • Pain during sex

Symptoms vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. In many women, symptoms are worse during menstruation.

Causes of interstitial cystitis

No one knows what causes interstitial cystitis. Some researchers think interstitial cystitis may not be a single disorder, but rather an element of several different chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. Many of these conditions respond to similar treatment strategies.


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