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How do you know if interstitial cystitis is causing your cramps?

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Interstitial cystitis is a long-term condition that affects your bladder. Some doctors call it "painful bladder syndrome."

You’ll notice cramps in your lower stomach (pelvic) area and in your genitals, along with pain and tenderness. They’ll get worse as your bladder gets full and when it's almost time for your period. You'll feel like you have to pee a lot, and it’ll be urgent. Sex might also hurt.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Pelvic Pain."

Glencoe Regional Health Services: "Possible causes of ovarian pain."

St. Luke's Health System: "Ruptured Ovarian Cyst."

Kruszka, P.S. , July 15, 2010. American Family Physician

KidsHealth: "Pregnancy Calendar: Week 4."

KidsHealth: "Pregnancy Calendar: Week 5."

March of Dimes: "Ectopic Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "Miscarriage."

Healthy Women: "Pelvic Pain."

WomensHealth.gov: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Center for Young Women's Health: "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease."

Christiana Care Health System: "Pelvic-Floor Muscle Dysfunction."

UpToDate: “Patient information: Chronic pelvic pain in women (Beyond the Basics).

UpToDate: Patient information: Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for Appendicitis."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Symptoms and Causes of Appendicitis."

American Cancer Society: “What Is Ovarian Cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “When to see a doctor.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Pelvic Pain."

Glencoe Regional Health Services: "Possible causes of ovarian pain."

St. Luke's Health System: "Ruptured Ovarian Cyst."

Kruszka, P.S. , July 15, 2010. American Family Physician

KidsHealth: "Pregnancy Calendar: Week 4."

KidsHealth: "Pregnancy Calendar: Week 5."

March of Dimes: "Ectopic Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "Miscarriage."

Healthy Women: "Pelvic Pain."

WomensHealth.gov: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Center for Young Women's Health: "Pelvic Inflammatory Disease."

Christiana Care Health System: "Pelvic-Floor Muscle Dysfunction."

UpToDate: “Patient information: Chronic pelvic pain in women (Beyond the Basics).

UpToDate: Patient information: Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for Appendicitis."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Symptoms and Causes of Appendicitis."

American Cancer Society: “What Is Ovarian Cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “When to see a doctor.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 2018

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