About Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic, painful bladder condition that causes bladder pressure, bladder pain and pelvic pain among other symptoms that can affect your daily life, sleep and ability to work. Symptoms vary from person to person and my range from mild to severe. Although there is no cure for interstitial cystitis, there are a variety of treatment options available to relieve symptoms.

Treating Interstitial Cystitis at UT Health Austin

In your initial exam, your clinician may conduct a pelvic examination and any other additional screenings that may help rule out any other conditions that may be causing you problems. Based on your evaluation, your care team will discuss possible treatment options that best suit you and your goals. More conservative treatment approaches are often used first including lifestyle modifications and medications to help provide relief and manage symptoms. Physical therapy is also an option used to strengthen the pelvic muscles to help reduce pain. Regardless of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your care.

Care Team Approach

Patients are cared for by a dedicated multidisciplinary care team, meaning you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines. Our team of board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, fellowship-trained subspecialists, pelvic floor physical therapists, advanced practice providers, and more work together to provide unparalleled care for patients every step of the way. We also work closely with referring physicians and other partners in the community to schedule and coordinate any additional care services you may need.

We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to deliver comprehensive, compassionate care and provide a seamless experience for women from adolescence to menopause and beyond.

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