Interstitial Cystitis

Urology Care, P.C. -  - Urology

Urology Care, P.C.

Urologists located in Tucson, AZ

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic (long-term) condition that affects your bladder. IC often causes a variety of symptoms, including significant pain in the lower pelvic area. The specialists at Urology Care, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona, are bladder care experts. There is no cure for IC, but these dedicated providers can create a treatment plan that sends your IC into a long remission and spares you the pain this debilitating condition can cause. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Interstitial Cystitis Q & A

What is interstitial cystitis (IC)?

IC is a long-term or chronic condition that can cause bladder pressure and pain that may extend into your pelvic area. It’s often referred to as painful bladder syndrome because IC pain can become quite severe.

Its symptoms may mimic those you would experience with a urinary tract infection. IC is not caused by infection, but the symptoms can worsen significantly if you develop a urinary tract infection during an episode of IC.

IC most often affects women, can come and go, and may have a significant impact on your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of IC?

Common symptoms of IC include:

  • Persistent, urgent need to urinate
  • Very frequent urination, often of small amounts, throughout the day and night, often more than 50 times a day
  • Pain or discomfort as your bladder fills that lessens or resolves after you urinate
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Your symptoms may vary over time and may seem to disappear for a time and then worsen in response to certain triggers, such as:

  • Certain foods or beverages, including citrus, alcohol, caffeine, or spicy foods
  • Sitting for a long time, i.e., during a car trip or work seminar
  • Stress

What causes IC?

The exact cause of IC is unknown, but it’s felt the condition is related to abnormalities within the tissue structure lining the inner bladder wall. Other potential causes include an autoimmune or inflammatory response.

There are certain factors that increase your risk of developing IC, including:

  • Your gender, more common in women than men
  • Age, most often diagnosed in individuals 30 and older
  • Having a chronic pain disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia

What is the treatment for IC?

No cure has been developed for IC yet. Your Urology Care provider focuses on developing a treatment plan that relieves your symptoms and sends your IC into long-term remission.

Your treatment may include diet modifications to eliminate food/beverage triggers or medication to relieve your symptoms.

You may also benefit from bladder instillation therapy, during which a catheter is inserted into your bladder and used to infuse medication that coats your bladder lining and helps prevent IC flares.

There is effective treatment available for IC. Call Urology Care today to schedule an appointment, or book your visit online.