Interstitial Cystitis Specialist

Louisiana Center for Women’s Health

Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare & Aesthetic Clinics located in West Monroe, LA

If you’re among the 12 million Americans that suffer from interstitial cystitis, or painful bladder syndrome, the expert team at Louisiana Center for Women’s Health can help. The team diagnoses and treats patients with interstitial cystitis at the office in West Monroe, Louisiana. For relief from the pelvic pain and pressure of this common condition, call or book an appointment online today.

Interstitial Cystitis Q&A

What is interstitial cystitis?

Also called painful bladder syndrome, interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic, or long-lasting, condition that causes pain, pressure, and other uncomfortable symptoms along with your urinary tract.

Severe IC symptoms can keep you from the physical and social activities you love, negatively affecting your quality of life.

Although researchers are unclear as to what causes IC, the team at Louisiana Center for Women’s Health can help relieve this condition's painful symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

What are the symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

IC signs and symptoms vary from person to person. They may also change over time, periodically worsening in response to specific triggers, such as stress, exercise, and sexual activity.

Common signs and symptoms of IC include:

  • A persistent urge to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Passing small amounts of urine throughout the day and night
  • Pain as your bladder fills
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex

Who gets interstitial cystitis?

IC can affect men, women, and children of any age, but is most common in adults. About twice as many women suffer from IC than men, with the condition affecting up to eight million women and four million men in the United States.

How do you diagnose and treat interstitial cystitis?

The team at Louisiana Center for Women’s Health starts with a thorough physical exam that includes a review of your medical history and symptoms.

To rule out any other possible causes of your painful bladder symptoms, they may take a urinalysis test. They may also perform a cystoscopy procedure to examine the lining of your urethra and bladder and check for abnormalities.  

If there’s no sign of disease or infection, the team may diagnose you with IC. Then, they develop a treatment plan tailored to your particular needs. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, treatment may include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Bladder training
  • Bladder inflation or stretching
  • Electrical nerve stimulation

Most people with IC don’t require surgery, but if your symptoms don’t improve with more conservative treatments, the team at Louisiana Center for Women’s Health may consider it.

If you’re experiencing painful bladder symptoms and need relief, call Louisiana Center for Women’s Health or book an appointment online today.