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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

ICA Represents Chronic Pain Patients in Senate Briefing

20 June 2016

On Thursday, June 16, ICA Board Member Jane Elsten, MD participated in a Senate briefing panel on preserving chronic pain patients’ access to medicine. The roundtable discussion was hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the Alliance … Continued

Call to Action – Photos and Quotes

20 June 2016

Your photos and comments are needed! Are you or someone you love an IC patient? It is estimated that over 12 million Americans have IC, and it can affect ANYONE at ANYTIME.  This is not a rare condition, yet most … 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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