Interstitial Cystitis Association
The Interstitial Cystitis Association
(ICA) is the only nonprofit association 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 4 million people in the US have IC:
- Women: 3 to 8 million
1 to 4 million
- Children: prevalence data are not known
Citrates, including potassium or sodium citrate, tri-citrates, and citric acid, either alone or in combination (Brand names: Bicitra, Citrolith, Oracit, Polycitra, Urocit-K), are usually used to prevent kidney stones. They make urine less acidic and are sometimes used for IC.
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