Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the tissues of the bladder wall. A variety of tests can be performed to diagnose this condition including urine analysis and culture and cystocopy but also by ruling out other conditions such as sexually transmitted disease, bladder cancer, and bladder infections. Symptoms may include pain during intercourse, pelvic pain, urinary discomfort, urinary frequency, and urinary urgency. There are several treatment options that help with this condition ranging from medications to diet modification to physical therapy and biofeedback.


This condition is most common in women of childbearing years and the exact cause of noninfectious cystitis is often unknown. Some studies have associated it with the use of bubble baths, feminine hygiene sprays, sanitary napkins, spermicidal jellies, and those with a history of severe or repeated bladder infections. 

Some of the most common symptoms of cystitis include:

  • Pressure in the Lower Pelvis
  • Painful Urination
  • Need to Urinate Frequently or Urgently
  • Decreased Ability to Hold Urine
  • Increased Need to Urinate at Night
  • Abnormal or Cloudy Urine Color
  • Blood in the Urine
  • Foul or Strong Urine Odor

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