Interstitial cystitis, also called Painful Bladder Syndrome, is a condition caused by chronic inflammation of the bladder lining.
Interstitial cystitis patients have symptoms resembling a urinary tract infection, but do not have bacteria in their urine. This condition affects one million Americans, mostly women in their 30s and 40s.
Interstitial Cystisis Symptoms
Increased need to urinate (in severe cases, up to 60 times per day)
Increased urgency in urination
Pressure and pain in the pubic area
Pelvic pain during sexual intercourse
Chronic pelvic pain
Symptoms may flare up during a women’s menstrual period, in times of stress or after sexual intercourse. The cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown