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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.

Interstitial Cystitis Treatment 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

We have assembled a team of experts that includes specialized physicians and surgeons, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy and medication can reduce the symptoms of interstitial cystitis, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.