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What is the first stage of treatment for interstitial cystitis?

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The first stage of treatment is to try to avoid triggers and try lifestyle changes that may help ease symptoms. For example:

  • Retrain your bladder to hold more urine. For example, if you feel the need to urinate every 30 minutes, try to stretch it out to 45 minutes.
  • Cut down on stress. It can be a trigger. Taking five minutes a day to do something for yourself can be a start. Stretch, read a book. Relaxation techniques, talking to a friend, or meditation may help.
  • Wear loose clothing. Tight clothes can put pressure on your bladder.
  • Do low-impact exercise. For example, walk or stretch.
  • Change what you eat and drink to avoid triggers. See below for examples of possible trigger foods and drinks.
  • If you smoke, quit.

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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