Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition where the signals between the brain and bladder become mixed up causing the patient to feel the need to urinate much more often than normal. Interstitial cystitis typically affects women and can have lifetime effects.
Symptoms Interstitial Cystitis
Symptoms of interstitial cystitis include:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Bladder discomfort
- Pain during sex
Risk Factors of Interstitial Cystitis
Risk factors for interstitial cystitis include:
- Gender (Interstitial cystitis affects many more women than men.)
- Age (Interstitial cystitis typical affects people 30 and older.)
- History of a chronic pain disorder
Diagnosing Interstitial Cystitis
Your physician will complete a physical exam and will most likely recommend urine tests and potentially a cystoscopy and biopsy.
Treating Interstitial Cystitis:
There are a number of treatment options to help relieve the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. These range from non-surgical options such as oral medications and nerve stimulation to surgical options such as fulguration, resection, and bladder augmentation. Your physician will work with you to determine what treatment is best for you.