/Pelvic Pain

Do you believe that pelvic floor muscles can cause IC symptoms?

Despite research studies which have shown that pelvic floor myofascial release can dramatically improve IC symptoms more effectively than EVERY oral medication tested, many if not most patients simply do not believe that their pelvic floor muscles can be causing their bladder symptoms. One non-believer was IC patient Janet R, who fiercely doubted that there was [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Do you believe that pelvic floor muscles can cause IC symptoms?

Dr. Robert Echenberg, International Pelvic Pain Expert, Expands Clinic To NYC

Dr. Robert Echenberg, one of the top pelvic pain specialists in the world, has announced that he is expanding his practice to New York City effective December 1st, 2015. He will be seeing patients two days a week in NYC and one day a week in his clinic in Pennsylvania. Known for both his patient compassion [...]

By | November 24th, 2015|ICN Announcements, Industry News, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Dr. Robert Echenberg, International Pelvic Pain Expert, Expands Clinic To NYC

September is IC Awareness Month – 2015 Press Release Hits The Wires

Physical Therapy May Resolve Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Prostatitis Released: 1-Sep-2015 2:05 PM EDT Newswise — (Santa Rosa, CA) For the millions of men and women struggling with recurring bladder and/or prostate pain, finding relief for their symptoms can be difficult. Many have taken antibiotics for years under the mistaken impression that they [...]

By | September 4th, 2015|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on September is IC Awareness Month – 2015 Press Release Hits The Wires

Atara Schimmel’s Stunning Angel Project Raises Awareness For Pelvic Pain

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then the art of Atara Schimmel speaks volumes about pelvic pain and pudendal neuralgia. She's just won the ADA poster contest sponsored by the city of Boston for her entry "We Will Be Heard," one of her Project Angel series which is dedicated to raising awareness for pelvic [...]

By | July 22nd, 2015|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Pelvic Pain, Self Care|Comments Off on Atara Schimmel’s Stunning Angel Project Raises Awareness For Pelvic Pain

Why You Shouldn’t Load Up on NSAID’s for IC, Bladder or Pelvic Pain

When you struggle with IC and/or chronic pain and don't have access to traditional pain relievers, using an OTC pain relief pill may feel like your only option. Right? I, like most patients, turned to Advil and Tylenol to help reduce my bladder pain when I was first diagnosed. Seriously, IC can hurt terribly and if it's the [...]

By | July 14th, 2015|Consumer Alerts, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Pain Care, Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Load Up on NSAID’s for IC, Bladder or Pelvic Pain

Europeans Release Updated Chronic Pelvic Pain Guidelines

By Jill Heidi Osborne, MA One of the barriers that IC patients face is a general lack of understanding of the many conditions which can cause and/or contribute to our pelvic pain. This lack of understanding has contributed to incorrect diagnoses, treatments, inappropriate hysterectomies and, often, years of suffering before the patient receives a correct [...]

By | October 23rd, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Europeans Release Updated Chronic Pelvic Pain Guidelines

Vaginal Mesh Sling Complications and IC?

The use of vaginal mesh during pelvic reconstruction surgeries, such as for the repair of pelvic organic prolapse, is now very controversial due to a number of serious adverse events. The US FDA has issued several warnings about the use of mesh and complications which can occur, such as the erosion of the vaginal wall. [...]

By | July 29th, 2014|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Pain, Women's Health|Comments Off on Vaginal Mesh Sling Complications and IC?

Female Triathletes At Risk For Pelvic Floor Disorders

Were you an athlete before you developed bladder and/or pelvic pain? One of the trends currently being tracked in patients struggling with pelvic floor dysfunction and bladder/pelvic pain disorders is a history of athletics. A new study presented at the 2014 American Urogynecologic Society Scientific meeting has shown a direct relationship between long distance endurance [...]

By | July 28th, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Research, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Female Triathletes At Risk For Pelvic Floor Disorders

IC Strongly Associated With Vulvodynia, Endometriosis and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Do you have vulvar pain in addition to your IC? How about a history of endometriosis? Struggling with tight pelvic floor muscles? You are certainly not alone. We've long known that there was a connection between IC and other conditions of the pelvis. Researchers in Italy gathered the essential incidence data demonstrating that a diagnosis [...]

Men With IC/BPS Speak Out – Tom’s Story With Interstitial Cystitis

(Editors Note - The plight of men with interstitial cystitis has never been fully told due to the misperception that IC/BPS is a woman's condition. In our Spring 2013 IC Optimist, we published a dozen stories from men struggling with IC. A professional chef, Tom's story shares how difficult it can be for men to [...]