Interstitial cystitis (also known as painful bladder, leaky bladder, or irritated bladder syndrome) is a chronic syndrome with a number of symptoms including pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, often associated with urinary frequency and urgency.
Interstitial cystitis is more prevalent in women with new research suggesting that 3 to 8 million women in the US may have it. Furthermore, IC can occur at any age but most frequently affects women in their 30s or 40s. IC symptoms wax and wane, but flare-ups often result in patients having to take time off from work or miss other important engagements. Interestingly, IC flare-ups can be prevented by avoiding certain foods and beverages.