7 Signs You Might Have Interstitial Cystitis

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome, is a chronic bladder infection. IC symptoms are categorized by pain and pressure in the pelvic area. This pain and pressure is also accompanied by continuous symptoms of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).

For most patients, symptoms do not start off with the feeling of a typical bladder infection, but begins with mild intermittent symptoms which often lead to the common error of misdiagnosis. This misdiagnosis is often a Urinary Tract Infection. Interstitial Cystitis often begins with symptom flares associated with sexual activity, pain, and then urgency to urinate as later onset symptoms.  In some cases, symptoms begin before age 30.  However, a diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis is made, on average, at age 40. Genetics appear to play a large role in developing IC.

The 7 Signs You Might Have Interstitial Cystitis 

         1. You Have More Than Seven Visits to the Bathroom per Day 

What is considered normal can vary from person to person. The average human urinates between six and eight times per day. However, more times than that can be a sign of a bladder issue. 95 percent of people with Interstitial Cystitis find themselves using the restroom more the ten times per day.

         2. Wearing Your Favorite Pair of Pants Becomes Uncomfortable

Most patients with Interstitial Cystitis report having bladder pain a few inches below the waist Line. This pain makes it uncomfortable to fasten your pants. Leading to a feeling of pressure, which results in an increased urge to urinate.

          3. The Urge to Pee Comes on Quickly

For patients with IC, the urge to pee becomes an urgent need. For a good number of patients with Interstitial Cystitis, the cause of the damage to the lining of the bladder is a chronic exposure to low grade Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) for many years, at some time in the past. This urge to pee is the bodies way of trying to dispel these pathogens as quickly and regularly as possible. 

          4. Difficulty Urinating

Damage to the muscle cells that control the release of urine may lead to difficulty passing the urine. IC causes pelvic floor muscles to tighten. Therefore, making it harder to relax enough to pee. To top it all off, Interstitial Cystitis patients tend to feel anxiety about bathroom breaks, giving them a form of shy bladder.

         5. Your Bladder Never Feels Empty

Despite how often they urinate, Interstitial Cystitis patients often feel like their bladder is never empty. For some, this could be because of tight pelvic floor muscles making it hard for the bladder to contract and get out the last bit of urine. For others, the bladder might be so sensitive that they feel like they still need to go, even though they’ve already gotten all of the liquid out. Here are some other clues you might have a problem with your pelvic floor.

        6. Your Bladder Always Feels Full 

Bladder tightness or compression are often described as the feeling associated with a constantly full bladder. Along with this, some people feel pressure a few inches below their belly buttons. Left untreated, this could turn from a dull pressure to full-on pain. 

       7. Burning During Urination, Pain During or After Sexual Activity 

Burning pain in the urethra or around the bladder could be a symptom of Interstitial Cystitis. Painful intercourse is a classic symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction, and IC is no exception. Most women with Interstitial Cystitis feel pain in the vagina, bladder, or urethra after having sex, and the pain might last for several days after. Men can also experience pain in the testicles, penis, urethra, or bladder- either during an erection or ejaculation. 

When Should I Considering Testing?

When you are considering getting tested for IC, use Xplore-PATHO urine collection kit for a comprehensive report. Current methods of testing cannot show the big picture. This, most often, leads to chronic infections in other parts of the urinary tract that can last for years. 90% of pathogens go un-diagnosed with the current standard method of UTI and Interstitial Cystitis testing. Especially in the cases of infections, such as, reoccurring Interstitial Cystitis or Urinary Tract Infection.

What happens in the microbiome of your urinary system can be complicated.  The Xplore-PATHO Urine collection kit is the most comprehensive microbial identification service in the world, identifying 100% of microbes known to modern science. A urine collection kit can  determine the root cause of a chronic infection. As a result, your doctor will have a comprehensive picture of what’s going on in your system.