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will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
IC: If you are asking if an indewelling catheter in the bladder reliefs the symptoms the answer is no. If intermitent catheterization, specially if medication is put in the bladder, that may help; but a catheter by itself will not help at all.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
No: Unless one has urinary retention, catheters will not help improve the urinary symptoms and in fact may worsen them because it will cause more trauma to the bladder lining with the catheter and cause more symptoms.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
On the contrary: An indwelling catheter or intermittent catheterization can only irritate your bladder lining more than it is, and make both your ic and symptoms worse. Don't do it. Consult with a physician with interest and experience with ic. Diet and medication should help. Chck: www.Interstitialcystitisassociation.Com.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Do catheters relieve any symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
On the contrary: Symptoms of urinary frequency and bladder pain will increase.

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