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What’s the difference is between OAB & IC/BPS?

Nervous WreckIt’s easy to confuse the diagnoses of overactive bladder with interstitial cystitis. After all, both involve urinary frequency and urgency. Yet, there are clear differences between these two lower urinary tract disorders. The hallmark symptom of overactive bladder is urgency, often so sudden and intense that they can’t make it to the bathroom in time leading to episodes of incontinence. IC patients rarely struggle with incontinence. On the otherhand, most IC patients have some degree of discomfort and/or pain as their bladder fills with urine while OAB patients rarely have pain.

Symptom OAB IC/BPS
Urgency yes yes
Frequency yes yes
Nocturia yes yes
Bladder Pain no yes
Incontinence yes no


The ICN has kicked off a new Overactive Bladder Information Center to help patients learn more about the subtle yet important differences between these two key conditions! Learn more at: https://www.ic-network.com/conditions/overactive-bladder/

By | 2017-01-31T13:31:02+00:00 November 11th, 2013|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Overactive Bladder|Comments Off on What’s the difference is between OAB & IC/BPS?

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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. 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 and as a member of the US Army administered CDMRP research program. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related condition. She is the publisher & editor of the IC Network website, rated the top patient website in research studies offered by Harvard Medical School (2011) and the University of London (2013). She also edits and writes much of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill 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.