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Next Generation Urine Testing Now Available – Reveals Hidden and/or Chronic Bacterial & Fungal Infections

IC patients, especially those struggling with recurring flares, often wonder if they could have a chronic bacterial or fungal infection that is not being detected through traditional urine testing. A new, affordable and far more sensitive urine test, Next Generation DNA Sequencing, is now available that can identify both bacteria and fungi in a patients [...]

By |2018-09-07T14:33:30-07:00August 15th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Next Generation Urine Testing Now Available – Reveals Hidden and/or Chronic Bacterial & Fungal Infections

Self-Help Tip – Turning Self Doubt Into Self Confidence

Though my IC (i.e. bladder pain) officially began when I was 32, I spent much of my 20's struggling with many of the conditions we now know are related to IC. I had vulvodynia in high school and college that felt like a painful yeast infection. Despite many trips to the doctor, they rarely found [...]

By |2018-08-10T21:47:59-07:00August 10th, 2018|Awareness, Front Page Feed, Jill's Journal, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Self-Help Tip – Turning Self Doubt Into Self Confidence

Summer 2018 IC Optimist Now Available

We are delighted to announce that the Summer 2018 IC Optimist is now available. This expanded issue of our magazine not only covers all of the highlights of the 2018 American Urology Association meeting but also sets the stage for our 2018 IC Awareness Month Campaign. All subscribers can now download their copy from their [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:36:11-07:00August 7th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Summer 2018 IC Optimist Now Available

Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

While IC patients are frequently in the bathroom to urinate, sometimes the very medicines recommended to help the condition cause another bathroom-related problem: constipation. And constipation causes increased discomfort in the pelvis, which is the last thing ICers need. According to the Harvard Medical School, some of the medicines that can cause constipation, especially in [...]

By |2018-06-03T16:57:26-07:00June 3rd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Self Care, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Are Medications Making You Constipated? Ten Smooth Move Tips

Interstitial Cystitis or Chronic Prostatitis Job Accommodations Under the American’s With Disabilities Act

Are you struggling to maintain your job? Are you being denied restroom access?? Taunted for having to use the restroom? You are certainly not alone but thankfully there is a law that can help! The American's With Disability Act has helped tens of thousands of disabled people maintain their jobs and careers. Under the ADA [...]

By |2018-06-01T21:48:51-07:00June 1st, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Interstitial Cystitis or Chronic Prostatitis Job Accommodations Under the American’s With Disabilities Act

Swimming Safety – You might want to avoid hotel swimming pools & hot tubs

While swimming is one of the best exercises you can do when you have IC and/or pelvic pain, think twice before using a hotel swimming pool or spa. The US Centers for Disease Control released a startling new research study that tracked infections and chemical trauma from swimming pools from 2000 to 2014. There were [...]

By |2018-05-22T23:32:14-07:00May 22nd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Swimming Safety – You might want to avoid hotel swimming pools & hot tubs

How To Get Better Sleep With IC

Are your IC symptoms keeping you up at night, causing you to feel as tired in the morning as you do when you go to bed? Nighttime is hard for IC patients. We lie in bed with nothing to distract us from the pain and have to get up to use the bathroom one more [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:58:12-07:00May 2nd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on How To Get Better Sleep With IC

The 2017 IC/BPS Physical Therapist of the Year is Nicole Cozean PT, DPT, WCS, CSCS

When Nicole Cozean released her book "The Interstitial Cystitis Solution" in 2016, we knew that she was dedicated to the treatment of not only IC but also pelvic pain. She is one of the few Board-Certified pelvic physical therapists in the country and opened her Orange County CA clinic, PelvicSanity, to "restore sanity for patients [...]

By |2018-04-25T13:50:19-07:00April 9th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on The 2017 IC/BPS Physical Therapist of the Year is Nicole Cozean PT, DPT, WCS, CSCS

The Votes Are In! The 2017 IC/BPS Doctor Of The Year is Dr. Robert Evans MD (Wake Forest University)

Every year during the September IC Awareness Month Campaign, we ask IC patients to nominate clinicians (doctors, physical therapists, nurses) who have treated them with compassion, respect and effective treatments. Nominations are often incredibly heartfelt with patients sharing personal stories of clinicians (and their staff)  who listen to their struggles, who patiently explain treatment options [...]

By |2018-04-25T13:50:39-07:00April 6th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on The Votes Are In! The 2017 IC/BPS Doctor Of The Year is Dr. Robert Evans MD (Wake Forest University)

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 |2018-04-04T22:35:14-07:00March 28th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Winter Spring 2018 IC Optimist – Expanded Edition