Clinical Trials


Interstitial cystitis (IC) clincial trials, why participate?

By participating in an IC clinical trial, you can play a more active role in  your healthcare, gain access to new IC research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

  • Researchers: Need Help Recruiting for an IC Clinical Trial?
  • Patients: Studies Seeking IC Patients to Participate in Studies

Need Help Recruiting?

Believing that clinical trials are vital for improving treatment options and quality of care for people with IC, the ICA helps researchers to recruit study participants. We post information about studies on the ICA website, include announcements in the weekly ICA e-Newswire, and create and send email blasts that reach thousands of IC patients. Learn more about clinical trial recruitment.

Studies Seeking Patients

Interested in participating in an interstitial cystitis (IC) research study? The IC Association helps patients learn about short- and long-term clinical trials in the areas of IC, bladder pain, urgency, frequency, chronic pelvic pain, and overlappig conditions such as vulvodynia, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Look below for IC clinical trials in your area. Ask your doctor if a clinical trial might provide you with an alternative treatment or give you an opportunity to test a new IC medicine. Before you enroll, ask the clinical trial or study recruiter about any patient costs.  Some clinical trials pay a cash stipend to patients. Others offer free or discounted medical crae; however, specifics about coverage often depend on your healthcare benefits. Call your health insurance company and ask if you would be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs.

North American Clinical Trials

Check back regularly - we update this list as we learn about new studies!

Contact a MAPP researcher in your area. Find out if you are eligible to participate in this landmark clinical trial. MAPP is recruiting women and men with IC.


International Clinical Trials

The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform - a database of clinical trials happening all over the world. Search for "interstitial cystitis" to find a trial near you.

Don’t see a trial that looks appropriate for you? Sign up for ResearchMatch and be matched for all kinds of research projects, from surveys to clinical trials, that are looking for volunteers.


Revised December 12, 2013