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Doctor insights on: Sexual Female Partner Interstitial Cystitis

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Can a couple have a health sexual relationship if female partner has interstitial cystitis?

Can a couple have a health sexual relationship if female partner has interstitial cystitis?

Absolutely: Vaginal intercourse might be painful while the female partner is struggling with a flare up of the syndrome but with careful planning, position changes that diminish direct penetration to the bladder base, and understanding by the partner, intimacy can be a very pleasurable event for all involved. ...Read more

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Dr. William Harris
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Painful Bladder Syndrome (Definition)

Pbs is also called interstitial cystitis (ic). It is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes pain in the pelvis and low abdomen. The exact cause is unknown but seems to have some correlation with endometriosis and is more common in women. There is a lot of research by urogynecology and urology trying to better understand what causes it and how to treat it. Diet has ...Read more


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How to be diagnosed with interstitial cystitis?

How to be diagnosed with interstitial cystitis?

See a urologist: You may need to get in to see a urologist for an exam and a test called cystoscopy to look in the bladder to see if you may have this condition. ...Read more

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Can I still work if I have interstitial cystitis?

Can I still work if I have interstitial cystitis?

Yes: Depending on how symptomatic you are you can go to work. Talk to your urologist about local anesthetic that can be injected into the bladder to relieve discomfort and pain. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got interstitial cystitis?

IC: While interstitial cystitis is largely a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms, there are a few tests and examinations which can help clarify diagnosis. It may help to have a cystoscopy and hydrodilation of the bladder as well as bladder biopsies. ...Read more

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Is there more then one type of interstitial cystitis?

Yes: One type of ic is more commonly associated with older women in which case the bladder may be markedly contracted and there are "hunner's" ulcers or splits in the bladder lining. Second type, more commonly in younger women and the occasional male has similar symtoms of pain, blood in urine plus bladder overactivity, but bladder is normal or larger than normal in size & responds better to treatment. ...Read more

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Can I apply for disability for interstitial cystitis?

Can I apply for disability for interstitial cystitis?

IC: It is very difficult to qualify for disability for interstitial cystitis. Any disease which is poorly understood, has no definitive diagnostic test and has no effective treatment is going to be difficult can get qualified for disability . ...Read more

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How do deal with the pain from interstitial cystitis?

How do deal with the pain from interstitial cystitis?

TOUGH PROBLEM: Ic pain is difficult to control. Articles talk about d-mannose supplements to cranberry juis/dried fruit form/capsules/pyridium, etc. Lots of water and avoiding caffeinated /carbonated products may help, as it eliminates the acidity fluctuations that lead to inflammation and bacterial overgrowth. Hope this helps, it's a tough one to have and very frustrating to treat. ...Read more

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Can you have Interstitial cystitis pain on one side?

Can  you have Interstitial cystitis pain on one side?

Unlikely: It is possible, but unlikely. Pain to one side usually suggest a source other than the bladder. Best to see your doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

What is a common misdiagnosis for interstitial cystitis?

Depends: Interstitial cystitis is usually diagnosed by looking directly inside the bladder. If the diagnosis is done by history and physical exam, it could be confused with a urinary tradct infection, endometriosis orpelvic inflamatory disease. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic disease of the bladder, causing pain, for which the cause is presently unknown. It is associated with urinary frequency, urgency and waking at night to urinate. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, in that other causes of bladder pain/urgency/frequency should be excluded first. Ic can be ...Read more


Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more