Interstitial cystitis (commonly abbreviated to "IC") is a urinary bladder disease of unknown cause characterised by pelvic and intense bladder pain, urinary frequency (as often as every 10 minutes), pain with sexual intercourse, and often pain with urination. IC affects both men and women of all walks and stages of life, however it is far more common in women. Though rare over 700,000 patients in the United States alone have IC and the overall number worldwide most likely exceeds one million.

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Interstitial Cystitis Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... The signs and symptoms vary from person to person. They can also vary over time in one person. For instance, they can worsen during menstruation in premenopausal women. Signs and symptoms include: A p...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Your bladder is a hollow, muscular, balloon-shaped organ that stores urine until you''re ready to empty it. In a healthy urinary system, the bladder expands until it''s full. In an adult, that''s abou...
Source: MayoClinic

Interstitial Cystitis Treatment

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Complications
... Interstitial cystitis can result in a number of complications, including: Less bladder capacity. Interstitial cystitis can lead to a stiffening of the wall of your bladder and reduce bladder capacity,...
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Treatment
... No simple treatment exists to eliminate the signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis, and no one treatment works for everyone. You may need to try various treatments or combinations of treatments b...
Source: MayoClinic

Interstitial Cystitis Support

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Coping skills
... Interstitial cystitis can have a profound adverse effect on your quality of life. Support from family and friends is important, but because the condition is a urinary problem, you may find the topic d...
Source: MayoClinic

Interstitial Cystitis Other

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Overview
... Wherever you go, you first scope out the location of the nearest toilet. You can''t get a good night''s sleep because the pressure or pain in your bladder wakes you up. And you may also have pain in y...
Source: MayoClinic

Your Urinary System and How It Works
... The organs, tubes, muscles, and nerves that work together to create, store, and carry urine are the urinary system. The urinary system includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, two sphincter mus...
Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

   

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