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Meet The IC Expert – An Interview With Dr. Ken Peters

Kenneth M Peters, MD is the Chairman of the Department of Urology at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. An NIH-funded researcher, he has performed dozens of studies on interstitial cystitis. An international expert on [...]

What Your Potty Posture Says About Your Bowel Health

The Real Cause of Straining If you've struggled with constipation, IBS and a host of other bowel and bladder related issues, you may have found yourself using all sorts of techniques to empty your bowels. [...]

Could IC Flares Be Caused By Candida?

New Research Study Finds Higher Rates of Candida Rather Than Bacteria During IC Flares One of the biggest challenges that both patients and physicians struggle with are the sudden, often unpredictable, flares which occur in [...]

How the Interstitial Cystitis Network Can Help

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Join more than 37,000 patients who participate in the ICN Support Forum where you can ask questions, make friends and help others in need. You’ll find discussions on diagnosis, treatments, flare management, pain control and more! Learn more!

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If you’ve struggled to find care providers knowledgeable about pelvic pain, you are not alone. It’s a new specialty. We offer an on-line database of experts (doctors, physical therapists, dietitians, etc.) as well as a list of the best clinics in the country. Learn More!

Self-Help Strategies

Pelvic pain patients learn quickly that self help works. From modifying your diet to relaxing pelvic floor muscles, using OTC pain relieving products to stress management, we’ll share tips that work. You may be able to reduce and prevent flares. Learn more!

Manage Flares

If you struggle with sudden, often unpredictable, “flares” of your symptoms, we can help. In the ICN Flare Management Guide we share the types of flares that can occur and will teach you how to avoid the most common triggers Learn more!

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The Most Irritating Foods

  • Caffeine, Coffee & Soda
  • Caffeinated & Green Teas
  • Dark Beer, Wine, Spirits
  • Citrus Fruits Cranberry, Tomato
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Multivitamins, C & B6

Bladder Friendly Foods

  • Water & Milk
  • Chamomile & Peppermint Herbal Teas
  • Bananas, Blueberries, Honeydew, Pears, Sweet Apples
  • Most Vegetables
  • Most Meats

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As a health education company dedicated to IC and pelvic pain, we offer a clearinghouse of information and resources that will help you learn more about your condition and, more importantly, find relief. In our shop you’ll find:


Over The Counter Neutraceuticals provide a vital resource for those unable to afford or tolerate traditional medications. Here are the common supplements suggested for bladder health:

Pain of IC Can Be Severe


Not only do I want to thank you & your team for everything that you do but I wanted to thank you personally. You took the time to talk to me for over an hour. You brightened my day when I was feeling hopeless. It’s such a comfort to know you & the ICN are there for support.
Diane P., July 2014
I suffered with IC and PFD for about 8 years before I found a doctor who believed me and is treating me. Over those 8 years you and the IC Network were my life line and an amazing source of strength and hope and continue to be. Thank you so much for all you did and continue to do.
Cathy, July 2014
I firmly believe that the Interstitial Cystitis Network has educated me more than any doctor or nurse. At times I think I’ve intimidated my doctors by the knowledge I’ve gained from the site. Your site definitely empowers all of us who suffer with this horrible disease.
Savannah, Sept. 2013
I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the ICN and you over 12 years ago when I finally found out what was wrong with me!! I think you are doing Gods work for so many!
Shelby, June 2011
The ICN videos are EXTREMELY helpful, if not LIFE CHANGING. Extremely smart, well researched information. EVERY urologist office should have a big flyer advertising this website. Thank you so much for what you do!!”
YouTube Member
I really wanted to let you know how helpful the ICN website is. Having IC has been rough, but I have learned so much from your site (good tips, info, coping strategies). Way more than I ever learned from my uro! I know my symptoms have improved partly due to things I have learned from your site. Keep up the good work!
John A.
I watched a few of your videos on YouTube – on behalf of a friend who says he has suffered excruciating pain and discomfort for years. We’ve gained from your references. I just wanted to thank you for your such consummately sensible, humane help to so many others…. You are producing guidance that is clear, relevant, down-to-earth, useful and good-hearted.
Bruce H., August 2009
I will never be able to thank you enough for getting me through so many horrible times. I go into remission for years at a time so I guess I’m one of the lucky ones. However, I’ve had a few flares in the past couple of months and I always know who to turn to in the middle of the night.Your site is better than a heating pad.
I don’t know how I would have made it thus far without all of you wonderful people. Just knowing I am not alone is the best relief I could have ever asked for. If I get scared, am hurting, or just need comfort, I know you are always there.
Phyllis, ICN Support Forum Member
I’m SO excited about the information in your food app. I am encouraged now I can live a normal life and eat again.. Thank you for your website. – September 2015
I want to thank you for that day you gave me hope ….the day we spoke I had been in constant pain for so long and taking such strong pain meds I was ready to end my life. I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t taken the time to guide me through the next step in my journey to find a solution to the suffering…
RH - Nov. 2015

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