What is Interstitial Cystitis and the symptoms of IC

Author: John
Time: 2011/8/23 17:40:31

Interstitial cystitis, or IC as it is commonly called, is a medical condition wherein the bladder becomes inflamed and the linings of the wall become eroded. Currently, the cause, as well as treatment of this condition is yet to be discovered. Some patients do not show symptoms of interstitial cystitis, while some do.

Pressure and Pain

Pain in the pelvis may be experienced by sufferers of interstitial cystitis. Pain can also occur at the perineal part, as well as in the scrotum. Added pressure on these areas may also be felt.

Frequency in Urinating

People who have interstitial cystitis often feel the need to urinate, even after urinating just recently. A normal person can urinate eight times a day. A frequency of more than eight times, sometimes up to a maximum of 60 times is a symptom of interstitial cystitis.


Nocturia is a term to describe being awakened at night just to urinate frequently. Especially if this is not a normal occurrence for the patient, it might be a sign that interstitial cystitis may already be present.


Dyspareunia is a medical term used to describe the painful feeling during sexual intercourse. This symptom can either be caused by psychological or medical conditions, or even both.


Hematuria is a term used to describe the presence of blood in urine. Hematuria can either be gross (a lot of blood can be seen in the urine) or microscope (blood in urine is not seen by the naked eye). Interstitial cystitis can cause either gross or microscopic hematuria.

Decreased Bladder Capacity

A decrease in the bladder’s capacity can be determined when the urine passed is significantly less than what is normally passed. This is also associated with urinating frequently.


Dysuria is a medical term used to describe the pain felt while urinating. The burning sensation while urinating can also be termed as dysuria.

Urinary Infection

Infections in the urinary tract are also a common symptom for interstitial cystitis. Especially if the infection is not treated and does not go away even after a treatment of antibiotics, interstitial cystitis may probably be the cause.

A Monthly Worsening of Flares

A flare is a term used to describe the aggravation of the symptoms of an illness, such as interstitial cystitis. If flares worsen during menstrual periods, it is most probably caused by interstitial cystitis.

The Duration of the Symptoms

If more of the above-mentioned symptoms have been recurring for more than nine months, the most probable cause would be interstitial cystitis. However, it is always a wise decision to consult with a doctor specializing in the urinary tract in order to be given advice as to how to deal with the condition.

As for the treatment of interstitial cystitis, herbal medicine Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill is provided with significant effects