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Delta Medix Patient General Information

Delta Medix Patient General Information

Interstitial Cystitis

Although cystitis refers to inflammation in the bladder, interstitial cystitis is not caused by bacteria and is not helped by taking antibiotics.


  • Microscopic blood in the urine
  • Feeling that you need to empty your bladder soon, even after just urinating
  • Emptying your bladder every 15 to 20 minutes
  • Waking up more than twice at night to urinate
  • Dull or sharp burning discomfort from the bladder and radiating to the genital area
  • Symptoms worsen after eating caffeine, spicy or acidic foods or after drinking some wines
  • Symptoms may worsen after having sex (women)


  • Your doctor will do a thorough history and physical exam.
  • Urine test
  • During physical exam there is pain when the doctor presses above the bladder
  • Cystoscopy – a small scope is inserted through the urethra, into the bladder to look for small areas of bleeding in the bladder wall
  • Cystometrogram – also called bladder hydro distention, the bladder is filled with water to check bladder capacity (how much urine your bladder will hold)


  • There is no known cure for interstitial cystitis. Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms and may include:
    • Medications to decrease symptoms
    • Biofeedback assisted pelvic muscle exercises
    • Following a diet which includes staying away from foods that are acidic and caffeinated


  • Currently, there is no known way to prevent getting interstitial cystitis. Drinking plenty of fluids may help.