Interstitial cystitis is a chronic painful bladder condition thought to be caused by a type of autoimmune inflammation. Symptoms include bladder and pelvic pain or pressure and a frequent urge to urinate. Symptoms are often mistaken for recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) or endometriosis. Sometimes women will experience chronic pelvic pain and pain with sex that has not responded to typical treatments for reproductive tract problems.
Effective treatment often needs to be multifaceted, including nutritional changes, medications, instillations (direct bladder treatments done in the office setting), physical therapy, and biofeedback.
Often women come to us feeling hopeless about their long-standing symptoms, but we have witnessed so many of them achieving pain-free living through this type of treatment approach.