/Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog

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

IC Patients & Vitamin C Can Get Along

All too often when IC patients hear about food that is high in vitamin C, we go running far away from it in fear of it irritating our bladders. I’ve had dreams of eating citrus fruit and even in my sleep, I was scared of how much it was going to make me hurt. I’ve [...]

By | 2018-02-07T12:48:10+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC Patients & Vitamin C Can Get Along

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

ICN Founder Jill Osborne Serves on CDMRP Research Panel on Antibiotic Resistant Infections

The Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) research advocate Jill Heidi Osborne MA recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PRMRP sponsored by the US Department of Defense. Ms. Osborne has served as a consumer reviewer for the past six years. As a consumer reviewer, she was a full voting member [...]

By | 2018-01-02T15:20:04+00:00 December 21st, 2017|ICN Announcements, Industry News, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research|Comments Off on ICN Founder Jill Osborne Serves on CDMRP Research Panel on Antibiotic Resistant Infections

How To Stop A Diet Induced Flare – An Essential Holiday Survival Tip

You couldn’t resist. You had been so good. You avoided the cranberry sauce. Said no to the wine. You ate really well until dessert arrived. Grandma's irresistable chocolate cake started calling your name and wouldn't let go. Wanting to show her that you appreciated her cake (right?), you indulged and enjoyed every bite. Hours later [...]

By | 2017-11-23T15:30:13+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on How To Stop A Diet Induced Flare – An Essential Holiday Survival Tip

New IC Patient Survey From USC Seeks To Understand The Impact of Diagnostic Delays In Women With IC/BPS.

A New IC Survey From USC Seeks To Understand The Impact of Diagnostic Delays In Women With IC/BPS. Principal Investigator: Katherine Volpe, MD This survey is being conducted by Katherine Volpe, who is a fellow at the University of Southern California. We know that many women with interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) experience [...]

By | 2017-11-13T15:48:30+00:00 November 13th, 2017|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Survey Center|Comments Off on New IC Patient Survey From USC Seeks To Understand The Impact of Diagnostic Delays In Women With IC/BPS.

ICN Evacuated In California Wildfires – Main Office Closed But Shipping & Sales Open

Update: October 18th, 2017 - Still Evacuated Since writing the post below, the conditions here in Santa Rosa worsened dramatically. We were allowed back for approximately 8 hours before a new fire emerged which threatened our house. At 5am the next day, we were awakened to sirens in the neighborhood and police officers shouting over [...]

By | 2017-10-23T14:11:40+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on ICN Evacuated In California Wildfires – Main Office Closed But Shipping & Sales Open

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

The Summer 2017 IC Optimist Is Now Available

The Summer 2017 IC Optimist has now been sent by e-mail and/or US Mail to our current ICN paid members! Your copy should be arrived shortly if it has not already arrived! In this issue: ICN Editorial: “My Uterine Cancer Scare: Hormone Replacement Therapy Carries Risks” Feature Story: Master Class - “The Broad Picture [...]

By | 2017-09-18T15:22:44+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on The Summer 2017 IC Optimist Is Now Available

2017 IC/BPS Awareness Month Kicks Off

Every September, IC/BPS patients and organizations around the world gather together to promote interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and chronic pelvic pain. This year, our campaign is bold and blunt, telling the story of patients who are refused pain treatment with, in some cases, tragic results. Despite decades of research showing that this medical [...]

By | 2018-01-02T15:21:25+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Awareness, ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on 2017 IC/BPS Awareness Month Kicks Off

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