Treatment For Interstitial Cystitis

Treatment for Interstitial CystitisTreatment For Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial Cystitis or IC, also referred to as Painful Bladder Syndrome or PBS is an uncomfortable condition suffered by many women.


According to, interstitial cystitis is a chronic inflammation of the bladder that sends many women on urgent trips to the bathroom to urinate — sometimes painfully — as often as 40, 50, or 60 times a day, around the clock. The discomfort can be so excruciating and difficult to manage that only about half of women with the disorder work full time. Their quality of life, research suggests, resembles that of a person on kidney dialysis or suffering from chronic cancer pain. Not surprisingly, the condition is officially recognized as a disability.


Of the more than 700,000 Americans who have interstitial cystitis, as many as 90% are women. The average age at onset is 40. Several other disorders are associated with the condition, including allergies, inflammatory bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia (a condition causing muscle pain), and vulvitis (pain in the soft folds of tissue outside the vagina).


There’s no cure for interstitial cystitis, but many treatments offer some relief, either singly or in combination. Fortunately, increasing awareness is helping to speed diagnosis of this frustrating condition and encourage research into how it develops. Surgery is rarely needed.




It is well-known that there is no definite and one-size fits all treatment for interstitial cystitis, but there are some things that you can do which could help alleviate the condition.


According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), scientists have not yet found a cure for IC/PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear with a change in diet or treatments or without explanation. Even when symptoms disappear, they may return after days, weeks, months, or years. Scientists do not know why.


Because the causes of IC/PBS are unknown, current treatments are aimed at relieving symptoms. Many people are helped for variable periods by one or a combination of treatments. As researchers learn more about IC/PBS, the list of potential treatments will change, so patients should discuss their options with a doctor.


The following are some of the common treatments for interstitial cystitis:


  • Bladder Distention
  • Bladder Instillation
  • Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium (Elmiron)
  • Other Oral Medications
  • Electrical Nerve Stimulation
  • Diet
  • Smoking
  • Exercise
  • Bladder Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgery


Source: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)


You can always turn to the abovementioned treatments for interstitial cystitis. These will help in treating the condition and alleviate the symptoms.

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