Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a condition that affects the bladder and is also referred to as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) Interstitial Cystitis is a disorder that affects between 3 and 8 million women and over 1 million men in the United States alone according to Interstitial Cystitis Association. Although this disorder affects both women and men, women are most primarily affected making up over 80% of IC cases. There are two known forms of IC, one form that includes ulcers on the bladder and the other where ulcers are not present in the bladder.
What we know is that people who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis are not alone and there are treatment options available. To understand treatment options, it’s important to understand the symptoms and potential causes of Interstitial Cystitis.
Causes of Interstitial Cystitis
Many times, there is an issue with the bladder lining that can be the culprit. Aside from the bladder lining, it is possible that damage to the nerves in the bladder that control the bodies urge to urinate may also be a factor in IC. Below are a few of the symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis.
If you have other chronic conditions such as a fibromyalgia you are at increased risk of having or developing IC. Although it is possible to have IC without other chronic conditions, those conditions can be a warning sign for IC.
Chronic conditions that have potential links to IC include but are not limited to, Lupus, Endometriosis, Constipation, Allergies, and Pelvic Floor Conditions.
While there are other conditions that have bladder pressure and discomfort as a symptom, persistent and treatment-resistant pressure and discomfort in the bladder should not be ignored.
Frequent urination often accompanies bladder pressure and discomfort. If you are experiencing frequent urination with or without discomfort, especially if urination is more frequent at night or if you are having the urge to urinate with little to no production, these are all signs you may have Interstitial Cystitis.
Pain During Sexual Activity
If sexual intercourse causes discomfort frequently, especially if you are experiencing other symptoms or have been diagnosed with other chronic illnesses it is time to schedule your appointment. Your questions and concerns will be answered in a safe and confidential environment at Institute for Women’s Health with various locations across San Antonio. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, the rest of your life is waiting. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!