Symptoms of IC

The signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis vary from person to person. The symptoms may also vary over time, periodically flaring in response to common triggers, such as menstruation, sitting for a long time, stress, exercise and sexual activity.

Interstitial cystitis signs and symptoms include:
  • UTI like symptoms without any infection
  • A persistent, urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination, often of small amounts, throughout the day and night. People with severe interstitial cystitis may urinate as often as 60-80 times a day
  • Pain in pelvis or between the vagina and anus in women or between the scrotum and anus in men (perineum)
  • Burning urethra, clitoris and vulva(vagina)
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pain or discomfort while the bladder fills and relief after urinating
  • Pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • Anal and vaginal discomfort
The severity of symptoms caused by interstitial cystitis often varies, and some people may experience periods during which symptoms disappear. Although signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis may resemble those of a chronic urinary tract infection, urine cultures are usually free of bacteria. However, symptoms may worsen if a person with interstitial cystitis gets a urinary tract infection. If you're experiencing chronic bladder pain or urinary urgency and frequency, contact your doctor.

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