What are the symptoms of interstitial cystitis?
People who have interstitial cystitis may have the following symptoms:
- An urgent need to urinate, both in the daytime and during the night (yet you may pass only very small amounts of urine each time)
- Pressure, pain and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis and perineum (the area between the anus and vagina or the anus and the scrotum). This pain and pressure may increase as the bladder fills and decrease as it empties in urination.
- A bladder that won't hold as much urine as it used to
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- In men, discomfort or pain in the penis or scrotum
For many women, the symptoms get worse before their menstrual period. Stress may also make the symptoms worse, but it doesn't cause them.
Interstitial Cystitis: Urgency and Frequency Syndrome by JF Metts (American Family Physician October 01, 2001, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20011001/1199.html)
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