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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 Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Latest from ICA

IC/BPS Valuable Insight

14 May 2020

As promised, here are the results that will allow you gain valuable insight into what you face on your IC/BPS journey. We had an overwhelming response with more than 1,500 participants! Here are just a few of the results: The … Continued

IC Researchers on Front Line of COVID-19

7 May 2020

Researchers at Beaumont Health System in Michigan working to develop the first objective diagnostic test for IC, have temporarily shifted gears to help address the COVID-19 pandemic, but will return to IC research later this year. Dr. Michael Chancellor, Dr. … 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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