Learn About Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

IC symptoms

To determine whether you may have IC, your doctor will look for its most common symptoms. These symptoms include pelvic pain and the urgent and frequent need to urinate. IC can often be misdiagnosed because its symptoms resemble those of other conditions.

The symptoms of IC can be debilitating, frustrating, and unpredictable. They can vary from person to person, and can even change over time in the same individual. Your doctor can diagnose your condition and find the IC treatment that's right for you.

Speak to your healthcare professional for an evaluation if you have any of the symptoms below:

Common IC symptoms in women

  • You feel unexplained pain or pressure in the urethra, vagina, area above the pubic bone, inside of the thighs, lower abdomen, lower back, groin area, or any combination of these areas
  • You feel pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • You have frequent, sometimes painful, urination (Normally, people urinate an average of 6 to 7 times per day. Patients with IC urinate an average of 16 times per day.)
  • You wake up 1 or more times at night to urinate
  • You feel the urge to urinate, sometimes even after you've emptied your bladder
  • You have unresolved symptoms that resemble a urinary tract infection (UTI) that have not responded to antibiotic therapy
  • Your symptoms come and go — flare-ups may be associated with menstruation, certain foods, allergies, and stress

Common IC symptoms in men

  • You feel unexplained pain or pressure in your penis, testes, and/or scrotum, the area above the pubic bone, lower abdomen, lower back, or groin area, including testicular pain, or any combination of these areas
  • You have pain when you ejaculate or a day after ejaculation
  • You have frequent, sometimes painful, urination (Normally, people urinate an average of 6 to 7 times per day. Patients with IC urinate an average of 16 times per day.)
  • You wake up 1 or more times at night to urinate
  • You feel the urge to urinate, sometimes even after you've emptied your bladder
  • Your symptoms come and go — flare-ups may be associated with certain foods, allergies, and stress

Take the IC Symptom Questionnaire

Pelvic pain? Frequent urination? Pain during or after sex?

Treatment May Help

ELMIRON® is a prescription medicine indicated to treat bladder pain or discomfort associated with IC.

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