Factsheet: Interstitial Cystitis

Women can also be affected by cystitis (bladder infection) which causes symptoms such as lower abdominal pain, burn pain on urination, increased frequency of urine, cloudy often foul smelling urine.

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What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a persistent form of bladder irritation and pain found in both sexes, although it is more common in women than men.

What are the symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis?

IC is characterised by frequent urination, a sensation of urgency, and pain in the bladder. The pain in the bladder commonly subsides immediately after urination.

What causes Interstitial Cystitis?

The cause of IC is unknown however links have been found between IC and exposure to the E.coli bacteria. Many suffers of IC also have damaged bladder linings.

How can Interstitial Cystitis be treated?

Cutting back on coffee, tea, alcohol and carbonated is advised as a primary step, as are pelvic floor exercises. There are a number of oral treatments targeted at rejuvenating the bladder lining, both homeopathic and medicated. Other approaches include targeting the mucosal tissue of the bladder which sits in the bladder wall, acupuncture, and massage.