Interstitial Cystitis / Pelvic Pain

Why choose HackensackUMC Urology?

Up to 12 million Americans suffer from interstitial cystitis (IC), often called painful bladder syndrome and generally considered a source of pelvic pain. The symptoms of IC range from being mildly uncomfortable to severely debilitating and include recurring pain in the bladder and pelvic region, urinary frequency (needing to go often), and urinary urgency (feeling a strong need to go).

Experienced Specialists

Our experienced specialists can diagnose and treat IC in patients who have been unable to find relief elsewhere.


Because these symptoms often overlap with those of more common conditions such as urinary tract infection (UTI) and overactive bladder (OAB), IC can be challenging to diagnose and treat.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of IC, the qualified urologists at Hackensack University Medical Center can help. Our team has the expertise and resources to diagnose your condition and provide a range of treatment options to give you relief.

Improved Relief

HackensackUMC’s urologists have the tools and expertise to treat complex cases of IC, offering relief from symptoms and improving your quality of life.

IC Symptoms and Causes

Often mistaken for persistent or recurring urinary tract infection (UTI), IC can cause a variety of symptoms that range from being mildly annoying to severe, including:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • A persistent, urgent need to urinate, even when your bladder is not full
  • Frequent urination of small amounts throughout the day and night (40-60 times per day in severe cases)
  • Bladder pain, pressure or discomfort as the bladder fills
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

The symptoms of IC often vary in severity and can even disappear for a period of time. The cause of IC is unknown.

IC Diagnosis and Treatment

IC is often incorrectly diagnosed and therefore not treated effectively. The urology experts at HackensackUMC have the expertise to diagnose your condition by ruling out other medical problems, such as kidney stones, lesions, UTI, and anatomical abnormalities. Your doctor may perform a pelvic exam, a urine test and other tests to see how your bladder is working.

After our specialists diagnose IC, they will try different treatments or combinations of treatments to help you find relief from your symptoms. Our urologists will collaborate with other medical providers, including physical therapists and pain management specialists, to develop a personalized treatment plan that works for you.

Common treatments include:

  • Dietary or behavioral changes, such as eliminating coffee, tea, or acidic foods and drinks from your diet
  • Bladder training, which involves timed urination
  • Medications to relieve pain, relax your bladder or protect your bladder from irritation
  • Physical therapy to help relieve pelvic pain
  • Nerve stimulation to help reduce urinary urgency or frequency
  • Bladder distention, a procedure that stretches your bladder using water or gas
  • Bladder washes, a procedure that places a medicated solution into your bladder through a thin, flexible tube (called a catheter) inserted into your urethra
  • Bladder surgery

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