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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Could Be Helpful to IC Patients

For a few years, professional athletes have been using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to help their injuries heal faster. Though research is debatable about whether PRP therapy is effective in faster healing, it seems at least promising. Some people are even using it to encourage hair growth. PRP therapy, though, might actually be beneficial to [...]

By |2020-03-28T12:14:00-07:00March 28th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Could Be Helpful to IC Patients

New IC Optimist Released – Winter 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Winter 2020 issue of the IC Optimist has now been released. ICN Members can download their electronic copies from their member page in the ICN Shop now! (You must log in to view your member page. If you've forgotten your password, simply click on the password reset link [...]

By |2020-03-17T13:34:08-07:00March 12th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on New IC Optimist Released – Winter 2020

Do You Need a Second (or Third) Opinion?

Chances are by the time you get your diagnosis of IC, you have already seen a couple of doctors. Considering finding yet another doctor seems like too much, but sometimes you must. When I was 13, my local pediatrician sent me to a local urologist because I kept having UTI symptoms without an infection. The [...]

By |2020-02-27T10:40:32-08:00February 27th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Do You Need a Second (or Third) Opinion?

Taking a Look at MAPP Research in 2019

Since being created by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases back in 2007, the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network has continued to study IC more closely in order to design better clinical trials with the goal of identifying helpful treatment for different types of [...]

By |2020-02-21T13:31:58-08:00February 20th, 2020|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on Taking a Look at MAPP Research in 2019

Book Review: Breaking Through Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Holistic Approach for Relief

Breaking Through Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Holistic Approach to Relief is the most important book published on IC and pelvic pain in 50 years. Dr. Jerome Weiss, a urologist, pelvic pain and myofascial specialist who practiced in Northern California, devoted his career to unraveling the many potential causes for chronic bladder and pelvic pain. Dr. [...]

By |2020-02-19T21:23:38-08:00February 19th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Our Blog|Comments Off on Book Review: Breaking Through Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Holistic Approach for Relief

Parenting With IC – Parents Share Their Struggles, Tips and Suggestions

 Kim Wayne’s 5-year-old son loves to ride his bicycle and wants to go on bike rides with his mom quite often. However, Wayne, who was diagnosed with IC in 2006, oftentimes has too much bladder pain to go on a bicycle ride with her son. So she’s found less physical activities for them to do [...]

By |2020-02-18T22:46:54-08:00February 18th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Parenting With IC – Parents Share Their Struggles, Tips and Suggestions

TMD, IC & COPC’s – How A Dental Condition Changed The future of IC and Chronic Pain Research

One of the mysteries of IC are the many related conditions that patients can suffer from. At first glance, IC, pelvic floor dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome and vulvodynia share a strong commonality, location. All are disorders that occur in the pelvis. You wouldn’t expect to see a dental condition on the list, right? Yet, surprisingly, [...]

By |2020-02-18T22:19:33-08:00February 18th, 2020|Our Blog, Research|Comments Off on TMD, IC & COPC’s – How A Dental Condition Changed The future of IC and Chronic Pain Research

Six Reasons Why You Should NOT Self Medicate with Antibiotics When You Have an IC Flare

When the symptoms of interstitial cystitis and prostatitis virtually mimic that of a bladder infection, it's only natural for patients and doctors to contemplate treating the urinary symptoms with an antibiotic. Go ahead! Admit it! You've probably raided your medicine cabinet in the middle of the night to take an antibiotic that you've saved. You [...]

By |2020-02-19T14:28:59-08:00February 18th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Six Reasons Why You Should NOT Self Medicate with Antibiotics When You Have an IC Flare

A Daily Approach to Thriving and Not Just Surviving

Do you ever feel like you're stuck in survival mode? Living with a chronic, painful condition like IC sometimes means that we go into survival mode, handle the tasks right in front of us that HAVE to be done and count the minutes until we can sit in a comfortable seat with our heating pad [...]

By |2020-02-10T10:56:46-08:00February 10th, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on A Daily Approach to Thriving and Not Just Surviving

Dressing for Success and Bladder Comfort

While I've never been a fashionista and couldn't care less about is on the runways each season, I do take pride in my appearance. I work from home and still wear makeup daily because it makes me feel good. My fashion style has always been about what I like and not what other people think. [...]

By |2020-01-21T09:55:50-08:00January 21st, 2020|Front Page Feed, Our Blog|Comments Off on Dressing for Success and Bladder Comfort