What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Did you know that over 4 million people in the US are suffering from a condition known as interstitial cystitis?

Also known as painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis is a painful disorder described as a long-term inflammation of the bladder wall. This condition is usually misdiagnosed as UTI (urinary tract infection). In fact, some patients go for years with an incorrect diagnosis.

Did you know that an average adult urinates seven times a day at the most? Add to that, he rarely gets up at night to go to the toilet as well. But for a person with interstitial cystitis, he may have to stay close to the bathroom for the better part of the day. In severe cases, he may urinate as many as 60 times in a 24-hour period, not to mention several nightly trips to the bathroom.

Interstitial cystitis usually appears between the ages of 30 and 40. Women are ten times more prone to acquiring this disorder compared to men.

Furthermore, inflammation triggered by this condition causes the bladder to stiffen. In about 90 percent of all cases of interstitial cystitis, bleeding is visible in the bladder lining. In addition, ulcers or sores are present in about 5 percent to 10 percent of all cases.

One of the common indicators of interstitial cystitis is pain and discomfort around the bladder and pelvic regions. For women, it becomes more painful during menstruation.

Interstitial cystitis may also become a hindrance to sexual activity. For women, it causes painful intercourse while men may experience erectile dysfunction and painful ejaculation.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Complications of Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are common — and painful. Learn to recognize the telltale symptoms of kidney stones here, and find out how having a kidney stone (and the possible complications) could affect your health long-term.

What is Testosterone, and How Does It Affect Your Health?

Testosterone is a male hormone that plays an important role in your overall well-being. Low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and more could indicate a testosterone imbalance — but you don’t have to live with it. Learn all about testosterone here.

How Your Vagina Changes Over the Years

Vaginal changes might be embarrassing to think about, but you shoudn’t ignore symptoms like dryness, discomfort, and pain during sex. Find out more about how your sexual health changes with age and how vaginal revitalization could help.

Spotting and Preventing UTI Complications

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common and can be very painful. But did you know that ignoring your symptoms could increase your risk of complications, like kidney infection? Learn the signs of UTI and find your treatment options here.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Penile Implant?

Penile implants give you the option to achieve an erection whenever you want — and if you have a severe urologic condition that’s affecting your sex life, one could be a good treatment option for you. Learn what penile implants can do here.