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What is Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome?

Medical Research Charities is thrilled to have the Interstitial Cystitis Association as our Featured Charity and guest blogger this week. 

Interstitial cystitis (IC)/bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is a chronic bladder health issue. It is a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area. Along with this pain are lower urinary tract symptoms which have lasted for more than 6 weeks, without having an infection or other clear causes.

Symptoms range from mild to severe. For some patients the symptoms may come and go, and for others they don’t go away. IC/BPS is not an infection, but it may feel like a bladder infection. Women with IC/BPS may feel pain when having sex.  The more severe cases of IC/BPS can affect your life and your loved ones.  Some people with IC/BPS have other health issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other pain syndromes.

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