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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

New IC Research

2 October 2015

Plain language summaries of newly published IC-related research now available.  

Controversial CDC Opioid Guidelines – ICA Responds

2 October 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently drafted new guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Unfortunately, the panel utilized to develop the guidelines did not include any pain experts. Developed without patient or pain expert insight or … Continued

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