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Interstitial Cystitis Association

Health AwardsThe Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) is the only nonprofit charitable organization dedicated solely to improving the quality of healthcare and lives of people living with interstitial cystitis (IC).

IC is recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, often associated with urinary frequency (needing to go often) and urgency (feeling a strong need to go).

IC can affect anyone. More than 12 million people in the US have IC:

  • Women: 3 to 8 million
  • Men: 1 to 4 million
  • Children: prevalence data are not known

Revised Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Latest from ICA

FDA Outreach: FDA Announces Opioid Action Plan

5 February 2016

In response to the opioid abuse epidemic, yesterday Dr. Robert Califf, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, along with other FDA leaders, called for a far-reaching action plan to reassess the agency’s approach to opioid medications. The … Continued

IP4IC – Developing a New IC Test

4 February 2016

Interested in participating in a research study that could lead to a non-invasive test and earlier diagnosis of interstitial cystitis (IC)? A biomarker is essential for developing a diagnostic test for IC. In order to identify and validate any potential … Continued

Your messages to me were so encouraging and took away the horrible loneliness and panic that I had been living with.

- Carolyn

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