Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition affecting the bladder. It is the feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area, which has lasted for more than 6 weeks without having an infection or other clear cause. While it is not an infection, interstitial cystitis can often feel like an infection. It may also lead to pain with sexual intercourse. Symptoms can be mild to severe.
Interstitial cystitis is part of a broader range of conditions referred to as painful bladder syndrome. It can be associated with other health issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions
There is presently no cure for interstitial cystitis. The only effective treatment is the mitigation of symptoms through a variety of medications and other therapies. In men, symptoms similar to interstitial cystitis are more often due to inflammation of the prostate.
Interstitial cystitis is more likely to occur with age; very few cases occur in patients younger than 30 years old.