Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog

Europeans Release Updated Chronic Pelvic Pain Guidelines

By Jill Heidi Osborne, MA One of the barriers that IC patients face is a general lack of understanding of the many conditions which can cause and/or contribute to our pelvic pain. This lack of

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Interstitial Cystitis Treatment Guidelines Updated by AUA in Fall 2014

The American Urological Association (AUA) released a new update to their 2011 Guideline on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS). The original

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Pin of the Day – It’s Okay To Tell People You’re Not Okay And That Your IC Is Flaring

Do you hide your IC from family and friends? Do you say “I’m fine” even when you’re not? A man with IC was told by his urologist NOT to tell anyone that he was

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Pin of the Day – Everyone Has A Story

One of the hardest parts about IC is that we look normal on the outside, but on the inside we’re struggling with pain, stress, worry and anxiety. Our friends and family can’t read our

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2014 IC Awareness Month Poster Contest Winners!

FIRST PLACE – CHRISTY KEYES – $100 gift certificate Christy Keyes wins first place this year for a gorgeous yet satirical poster that utilizes color and text powerfully. Using a

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Cyclosporine Study Seeks Men and Women Who Have Failed Previous IC/BPS Therapies

Men & Women Welcome To Participate In This Cyclosporine & IC Study If you are suffering from Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome) and have had three or more failed

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Study Seeks Women With Moderate to Severe IC and Bladder Pain

The Interstitial Cystitis Network is pleased to inform you that a research study is now enrolling women between the ages of 18 and 75 who have IC/BPS. This study will assess the effectiveness of

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #30 – With gratitude, we honor those who have left their mark on the IC movement

On this, the last day of IC Awareness Month, we honor those patients and providers who are no longer with us. Many helped the IC movement become the vital, vibrant community of 2014. Daniel

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #29 – Smoking and IC

When a 2012 research study was released that showed the children of smokers were at high risk of developing severe urinary disorders, we were stunned (1). Yes, we all associate smoking with the

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IC Awareness Daily Fact #28 – Types of IC Flares

As almost every patient can attest to, interstitial cystitis and bladder pain patients often experience sudden and unpredictable “flares” or worsening of their symptoms. There are a

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