/Women's Health

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+00:00 November 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

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) Intensifies IC Flares

Last summer, an ICN member asked a question that we hadn’t heard before. Can an outbreak of genital herpes (HSV-2) trigger an IC flare? In her case, it did. We launched an informal survey in the ICN Survey Center which revealed that she is not alone. A total of 42 patients diagnosed with both conditions [...]

By | 2017-01-31T09:00:53+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Men's Health, Research, Survey Center, Women's Health|Comments Off on Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) Intensifies IC Flares

Nail Polish Toxins Found In Urine Could Influence Bladder Health

If you love getting a manicure or pedicure, a recent announcement by the Environmental Working Group will make you rethink the brands you might be using. Polishes by Sally Hansen, Essie, OPI, Revlon, Wet N Wild, Spa Ritual, Orly, theBalm, Nuance, Maybelline and Beauty without Cruelty contain a chemical called triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), known for its endocrine-disrupting [...]

By | 2017-01-18T12:02:36+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Consumer Alerts, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, Toxic Exposures, Women's Health|Comments Off on Nail Polish Toxins Found In Urine Could Influence Bladder Health

Barbara Flanigan & Her Thirty Year Journey To Discover The Cause of IC

How You Can Help Barbara Flanigan and Her Search For the Cause of IC (Editors Note – I’ve wanted to share Barbara Flanigan’s story and theory about IC for many years. Barbara was the founder the first Interstitial Cystitis Association here in California in 1983. She has always had one key goal in her volunteer work, [...]

By | 2017-01-18T12:03:00+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Awareness, Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Patient Stories, Research, Women's Health|Comments Off on Barbara Flanigan & Her Thirty Year Journey To Discover The Cause of IC

Menopause and IC Research Survey – Please help!

(Winter 2015) For some women, it's a breeze and barely noticeable. For others, perimenopause and menopause is a time of crazy mood swings, hot flashes and, to our great frustration, new episodes of leakage. Whether you're going through the change naturally, chemically or through a total hysterectomy, the loss of estrogen can have a profound [...]

By | 2017-01-31T10:41:26+00:00 January 14th, 2015|Interstitial Cystitis IC/BPS, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Research, Women's Health|Comments Off on Menopause and IC Research Survey – Please help!

IC Awareness Daily Fact #8 – Many IC and pelvic pain patients have had unnecessary hysterectomy.

Some patients have had inappropriate hysterectomies only to discover, after the fact, that their pelvic pain was originating from their bladder. IC patient Angela Burch won a $2,000,000 federal medical malpractice settlement in Florida when her ob-gyn needlessly removed her healthy uterus even after the urologist reported that she had interstitial cystitis. This is not [...]

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 | 2017-01-31T12:38:19+00:00 July 29th, 2014|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Pelvic Pain, Women's Health|Comments Off on Vaginal Mesh Sling Complications and IC?