/Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog

Read the latest news about interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and related conditions in the ICN blog.

Bladder Friendly Summer Drinks

With the start of hot weather, it's time to focus on cool, refreshing drinks that won't trigger IC/BPS or chronic prostatitis flares. This means that we have to avoid the typical acidic drinks of summer: lemonade, iced green tea and black teas, iced coffee, frappuccino and, of course, most canned sodas. Yes, that means no [...]

By | 2018-06-03T19:14:45+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Bladder Friendly Summer Drinks

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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on How To Get Better Sleep With IC

EWG Finds Alarming Levels of Pesticides In Pears, Apples and Potatoes

Everyone should eat more fruits and vegetables but when you have IC this can be challenging. Thankfully, the produce aisle is usually our friend. The vast majority of vegetables are IC friendly with the exception of, perhaps, concentrated tomato products. Fruits are certainly more tricky because citrus fruits contain very high levels of acid. We [...]

By | 2018-04-20T14:21:17+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Diet & Food, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on EWG Finds Alarming Levels of Pesticides In Pears, Apples and Potatoes

Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!

A decade into the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network and the research is still going strong. In 2017, the MAPP Network published 12 articles of its findings in various medical journals. Researchers from throughout the United States and Canada continue to work together and join resources to make [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:06:41+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on Key IC & Pelvic Pain Studies From The MAPP Research Network in 2017 – Time to get your nerd on!

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+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Winter Spring 2018 IC Optimist – Expanded Edition