Have you been diagnosed with IC/BPS?

If you are a female between the ages of 18 and 85, with urinary frequency, urgency and pelvic discomfort or pain for at least six months, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study. IC/BPS affects 15 to 24 percent of adult women and has a significant impact on quality of life.

The goal of this study is to compare the results of bladder directed therapy (bladder instillations) versus non-bladder physical therapy.

Study Information

The study is open to women between the ages of 18 and 85 who have been diagnosed with IC/BPS. The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of twice weekly bladder directed therapy (bladder instillations) in comparison to non-bladder therapy. Study participants are randomly assigned to treatment groups, meaning you cannot choose the treatment you receive. Randomization is like “the flip of a coin”.

Screening for eligibility initially involves a phone call. If initial eligibility criteria are met, you will be scheduled for two screening visits, which will include:

  • medical history
  • physical exam
  • pelvic floor assessment
  • pelvic floor EMG (electromyography)
  • cystoscopy
  • urinating/symptom diary
  • questionnaires

What is expected of me?

If you meet the criteria to be included in the study, you will be scheduled to have:

  • twice weekly treatment sessions for eight weeks
  • two follow up appointments
  • phone or mail monitoring every six months, up to five times after treatment completion

You will be assigned randomly to the bladder instillation (via urinary catheter) or non-bladder therapy group.

Any treatment will be at no cost to you, and there is no compensation for study participation.

Total expected study duration – up to three and a half years.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact one of our research nurse clinicians:
Urology Research at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak 248-551-3355