Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Interstitial cystitis (IC)/bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is a condition that affects the bladder. It is a sensation of discomfort and pressure in the bladder. Along with this discomfort, I've had lower urinary tract symptoms for more than 6 weeks that haven't been caused by an infection or anything else.

The severity of the symptoms varies. Some individuals' symptoms may come and go, while others never go away. Although IC/BPS is not an illness, it may feel like one. Women with IC/BPS may experience discomfort during sex. The most severe forms of IC/BPS might have an impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Some persons with IC/BPS also have irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other pain conditions.

The bladder and kidneys are components of the urinary system, which consists of organs in our bodies that produce, store, and excrete urine. You have two kidneys that produce urine. Urine is then stored in the bladder. The muscles in your lower abdomen keep your bladder in place.

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