Interstitial Cystitis Information Center
The Interstitial Cystitis Network’s goal is to educate and empower you. We want to help you understand what IC/BPS/HBS is, how to work with your medical team, the many treatment options available and, perhaps most importantly, learn the easy self-help strategies that you can do at home to reduce symptoms. We welcome you to the ICN Family! You Are Not Alone!
- What Is IC/BPS/HBS?
- Causes – What causes IC?
- Symptoms – What are the symptoms of IC?
- Diagnosis – How is IC diagnosed?
- Subtypes & Phenotypes – Learn about the five variations of IC & try to determine your subtype
- Treatments – How is IC treated? We outline the six step treatment protocol that works!
- Professional Pictures of IC/BPS
- Prevalence and Epidemiology
- Downloads Free IC Fact Sheets
- Diet – Diet modification is one of the first things that every patient must learn to avoid IC flares and pain.
- Self Help – Learn the common, day to day, self-help tips that can help reduce symptoms and prevent flares.
- Self-Help Blog – The latest articles on self-help from the ICN Blog
- Flares – Learn the different types of flares and what you can do to treat them.
- Pain Resource Center – Learn the best pain management tips we have to offer.
- Get Support Now in the ICN Support Center – Feeling alone? You aren’t! Meet others and ask questions today in the ICN Support Forum and/or find groups near you!
- Emotional Health Center – Learn about depression, anxiety and/or low self-esteem struggles that can happen!
- Romance & Intimacy – Learn some great tips to help strengthen your intimate relationships in the face of pelvic pain.
IC Educational Videos & Images
- Living with IC Video Series – Watch our latest videos about IC on flares, diet, traveling, holidays, preparing for doctors visits, family struggles and more!
- Men’s IC Resource Center – Resources unique to the men with interstitial cystitis.
- Senior IC Resource Center – Over the age of 50 and newly diagnosed with IC/BPS? Here are some resources that can help.
- Children’s IC Resource Center – Children face special challenges. Read our best tips and strategies here!
- Pregnancy Resource Center – Considering pregnancy? Thousands of patients have had successful pregnancies. Learn more here!
- Drug & Patient Assistance Programs – Can’t afford treatments? Looking for ways to save money on medications? We share the popular drug assistance programs.
- Disability Insurance Resource Center – Learn about disability benefits here!
Author: Jill H. Osborne MA
Revised: January 16, 2017