Diagnosis & Treatment


The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) is committed to providing healthcare providers with interstitial cystitis (IC) education, support, and tools that can assist in the treatment of IC patients. 

Diagnosis of IC

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Because IC symptoms are similar to those of other disorders of the bladder and there is no definitive test to identify IC, doctors must rule out other treatable conditions before considering a diagnosis of IC.

IC Treatment Guidelines

Although there are no US treatment guidelines in place, read about the treatment guidelines in place in other countries.

Management of IC Pain

To treat IC pain, healthcare providers recommend a variety of medications, including both non-prescription and prescription medicines.

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IC Treatments

At this time there is no cure for interstitial cystitis (IC). There are, however, many available treatment options to help relieve the symptoms of IC including bladder pain, urgency, frequency.

Complementary Therapies

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) refers to health care systems, practices, and products that are not part of the conventional medicine treatment approaches. CAM therapies most often used to treat IC symptoms include biofeedback, diet-based therapies, herbal remedies, massage, yoga, and Pilates.

Bringing New Treatments to Market

Ever wonder why it seems to take such a long time for new IC medications to become available? Here’s the scoop!

IC Healthcare Provider Toolkit

Use these tools to assist you in treating patients with IC.


Revised June 17, 2011

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