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    Although more and more doctors are gaining awareness of interstitial cystitis (IC), this condition may often be undiagnosed for a long time. And it 's not uncommon for someone with IC to see several doctors, over the course of many years, before they are actually diagnosed with the condition. That's why it's important to find a doctor who is familiar with IC. Urologists and obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) are 2 types of specialists who tend to be most familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of IC due to their specialized clinical experience.

    Because the symptoms of IC can be similar to other conditions, it's possible for it to be mistaken for something else. As a result, sometimes patients who have IC receive inappropriate treatment. Also, because it's possible to have IC in addition to another medical condition, such as endometriosis, understanding and communicating all of your symptoms to your doctor is important. Your doctor may evaluate you for other conditions.

    IC is a chronic condition of the bladder that's characterized by urinary urgency, frequency, and pelvic pain. As mentioned, IC has many symptoms that are in common with other conditions, such as: Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP), Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), Endometriosis, Overactive Bladder (OAB), and Vulvodynia.

    IC Symptoms Comparison Chart

    Select a condition from the menu below to compare symptoms and to learn more about conditions that are similar to IC. Your doctor is the best person to evaluate your symptoms and diagnose your condition.



    IC Comparison Chart

    Shared Symptoms Please select a
    Interstitial Cystitis
    Pelvic or abdominal pain
    Pain during or after sex
    Frequent urination
    Painful urination
    Waking up to urinate
    Pain before