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What is interstitial cystitis?

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Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder problem. Your bladder holds urine after your kidneys have filtered it but before you pee it out. This condition causes pain and pressure below your belly button. Symptoms can come and go. Or they may be constant. IC causes urgent, often painful bathroom trips. You may have to urinate as many as 40-60 times a day in severe cases. It can even keep you up at night.

From: Interstitial Cystitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Symptoms,” Treatment,” “After Initial Treatment.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diagnosing and Treating Interstitial Cystitis.”

Interstitial Cystitis Association: “4 to 12 Million May Have IC.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome fact sheet.”

UpToDate: “Management of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome.”

Urology Care Foundation: “Symptoms,” Treatment,” “After Initial Treatment.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diagnosing and Treating Interstitial Cystitis.”

Interstitial Cystitis Association: “4 to 12 Million May Have IC.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome fact sheet.”

UpToDate: “Management of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on October 23, 2017

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