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Will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Will catheters relieve the urgency symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

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. ...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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Hi i think i have chronic prostatitis or interstitial cystitis i have constant urgency through the day (not night) and have all the signs of it?

Hi i think i have chronic prostatitis or interstitial cystitis i have constant urgency through the day (not night) and have all the signs of it?

Urology: I would consult a urologist to have all the testing done and certain diagnosis made. Chronic prostatitis and interstitial cystitis would be treated differently so getting the right diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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How prevalent are cases of post catheter removal interstitial cystitis in women and what is the prognosis?

How prevalent are cases of post catheter removal interstitial cystitis in women and what is the prognosis?

Not unusual, curable: Sadly, not unusual Happily, curable. Definitely see the Dr for confirmation of Dx and follow directions for treatment.They may advise this (many do) but drink real cranberry juice (not sugary mix) everyday for awhile - it really works! Take the antibiotics as directed and you should be fine. Best! ...Read more

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Natural remedies to relieve symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Natural remedies to relieve symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Depends: This depends on the cause. Allergies, infections and neurotransmitter dysfunction are common, and require different approaches. Best to see a doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How to doctors know if you have interstitial cystitis? What is the range of cost for tests? I don't have insurance but have every symptom. I am fearful of costs but want relief!

How to doctors know if you have interstitial cystitis? What is the range of cost for tests? I don't have insurance but have every symptom. I am fearful of costs but want relief!

Dx of exclusion : All other possible diagnoses have to be evaluated and excluded to arrive at a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis. There is no one test that will diagnosis it. ...Read more

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How often can you use vagifem to treat symptoms of interstitial cystitis? 3 to 4 day intervals is not sufficient, also using Marvelon. Many thanks!

How often can you use vagifem to treat symptoms of interstitial cystitis? 3 to 4 day intervals is not sufficient, also using Marvelon. Many thanks!

Atrophic Vaginitis: Vagifem is used to treat thinning of the vagina or off label for pH changes in the vagina. It can be used daily for 1-2 weeks and then twice weekly. It can take up to 3 months before improvement is seen. As for a specific treatment for interstitial cystitis, it is not specifically great for treating IC Depending on your IC symptoms, there is a range of treatment options. ...Read more

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Can having sex bring on symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Can having sex bring on symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Sex/dyspareunia/IC: Yes; dyspareunia and ic are often related. It is felt that intercourse can precipitate exacerbations of ic. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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