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Winter Spring 2018 IC Optimist – Expanded Edition

The Winter/Spring 2018 IC Optimist, the magazine for our ICN members, is a special expanded issue which covers a very delicate topic: intimacy, sexuality and interstitial cystitis. Also in this issue: (1) Editorial: Why The IC Network Left Facebook - If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’re probably aware that Facebook has come under increasing [...]

By |2018-04-04T22:35:14+00:00March 28th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Winter Spring 2018 IC Optimist – Expanded Edition

Manuka Honey & The Bladder

Research Studies Explore Manuka Honey's Potential For Treating UTI and IC Honey offers a natural sweetener for food as well other popular uses like soothing sore throats, coughs and burns. However, recent studies out of the U.K. have found that Manuka honey can have therapeutic benefits specifically for the bladder.(1) (2) Manuka honey is produced by [...]

By |2018-04-04T22:35:50+00:00February 26th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Manuka Honey & The Bladder

Why The IC Network Walked Away From Facebook

A few weeks ago I followed my heart and deactivated the IC Network Facebook page. It's still there just hidden until I feel that Facebook has become a safe, supportive environment again. The straw that broke the camels back was when I made a blog about the sexual harassment that some IC patients have experienced [...]

By |2018-03-02T13:49:16+00:00February 16th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Why The IC Network Walked Away From Facebook

Ten Tips For Talking IC With Friends & Family

Talking about IC with friends and family who don’t know anything about it can be hard. I struggle to find the right words to say to best describe how I feel without sounding like I’m whining or looking for pity yet also not downplaying how I feel and the impact it has on my life. [...]

By |2018-01-16T22:59:14+00:00January 16th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Ten Tips For Talking IC With Friends & Family

We must end sexual health harassment – IC/BPS and the #MeToo Movement

The #METOO movement is a rallying cry for generations of women, men and children who have been abused. From despicable bosses who required sexual favors for professional advancement to those who believed that their wealth entitled them to prey on the vulnerable, it is time that that we stand up for those who have been [...]

By |2018-02-16T17:07:51+00:00January 8th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on We must end sexual health harassment – IC/BPS and the #MeToo Movement

Should We Travel During IC Flares? Staying Home During The Holidays May Be Important

Here’s one of the most frustrating questions that IC patients often struggle with. “Should or shouldn’t we go to Grandma’s House for a holiday celebration if IC is flaring?” In my first year of IC, my family really didn’t understand what I was struggling with nor the intensity of my pain and discomfort. I freely [...]

By |2017-12-21T15:39:14+00:00December 21st, 2017|Front Page Feed|Comments Off on Should We Travel During IC Flares? Staying Home During The Holidays May Be Important

When Bladder Treatments Don’t Work For IC/BPS: It’s Time For A New Approach

Clinging To Old Treatments For IC/BPS Could Hold You Back If you had been diagnosed with IC/BPS forty years ago, odds are you would have been prescribed antibiotics, given urethral dilations and/or referred to a psychiatrist under the mistaken assumption that IC was all in your heads. Twenty years ago, that same patient might have [...]

By |2017-11-22T23:58:26+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Flares, Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Pain Care, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Women's Health|Comments Off on When Bladder Treatments Don’t Work For IC/BPS: It’s Time For A New Approach

ICN Now Open For Business – Santa Rosa Fire Update

After two perilous weeks with deadly fires here in Sonoma County, we are finally back at work with power, phones and internet! Whew! I would like to thank everyone who sent notes and prayers to our staff. Thankfully, none of our employees lost their homes but it was close. The TUBBS fire came within a [...]

By |2018-01-02T15:20:59+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Front Page Feed, ICN Announcements|Comments Off on ICN Now Open For Business – Santa Rosa Fire Update

Seeking Nominations For Doctor, Nurse & Physical Therapist of the Year Awards

Do you have a doctor who has treated you with kindness, compassion and respect? Who has helped you try various treatments? Do you have a nurse who goes above and beyond in helping you, especially during IC flares? Do you have a physical therapist who has provided comfort and care for pelvic floor dysfunction? [...]

By |2017-09-26T16:49:23+00:00September 26th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Seeking Nominations For Doctor, Nurse & Physical Therapist of the Year Awards

Dr. Chris Payne Presentation on IC/BPS From AUA 2017

Dr. Christopher Payne (Vista Urology, San Jose CA) offers his course on IC/BPS from the 2017 American Urological Association. This fabulous lecture was used to educate hundreds of urologists interested in IC/BPS. Dr. Payne covers the history of IC and  explains why current diagnostic and treatment strategies may be incorrect and out of touch. [...]

By |2017-08-27T22:18:08+00:00August 27th, 2017|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Dr. Chris Payne Presentation on IC/BPS From AUA 2017