Interstitial Cystitis is Treated by Mercy's Expert Gynecologists

The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The gynecologists of The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic gynecologic conditions such as interstitial cystitis. 

About the Condition

Interstitial cystitis, also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome, is a chronic condition that causes a combination of bladder pressure and pain. While it can affect men and children, it is far more common in women. The cause of interstitial cystitis isn’t known.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

 Symptoms of interstitial cystitis can vary widely from person to person. Those who have interstitial cystitis may experience periodic flaring in response to common triggers.
Common symptoms include:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • A persistent, urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain during periods
  • Pain during intercourse

A thorough medical examination, including various tests, a pelvic exam and a review of your medical history are used to properly diagnose interstitial cystitis.

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Treatment Options

There is no single treatment for interstitial cystitis. A variety of medications and therapies may be prescribed for relief. The gynecologists of The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy will help determine what treatment options are available for your condition.