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Interstitial Cystitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is interstitial cystitis (IC)?

IC is a long-term condition that causes pressure and pain in your bladder and pelvic area. IC is also called bladder pain syndrome and painful bladder syndrome. The cause of IC is not known.

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What are other symptoms of IC?

Your symptoms may come and go. Common triggers include stress, menstrual period, sitting for a long time, or sexual activity.

How is IC diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell your provider about your medical history and any medicines you take. You may need the following to rule out other causes of IC:

How is IC treated?

The goal of treatment is to control your symptoms. You may need to try a combination of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I call my doctor?

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