Menopause and IC Research Survey – Please help!

Interstitial Cystitis Menopause Survey(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 effect on bladder function, sexuality and pelvic floor health in normal women, much less women with interstitial cystitis.

We’d like to learn more about how menopause affects the average woman with IC. Have your urinary symptoms worsened? Got more frequency? Urgency? Pressure or Pain? Have you noticed irritation in the urethra? Struggling with incontinence and a weakening pelvic floor? That’s also a possible result of aging. If you’re a woman going through menopause and/or are perimenopausal, please help us understand just how this can impact IC.

Please take the survey here!

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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!

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.