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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

What Not to Wear

19 February 2021

Clothing choices can be an important decision for people living with IC/BPS! Check out this article from the Spring 2019 issue of the ICA Update with tips on what to wear to avoid an IC/BPS flare. Click the image to … Continued

The Role of Cannabis for Pelvic Pain

5 February 2021

As part of the ICA’s iCare programs during IC Awareness Month, Jennifer Fariello-Moldwin, MSN, MEd, WHNP-BC, Female Urogenital and Sexual Medicine, The Smith Institute for Urology at Northwell Health gave a lecture entitled The Role of Cannabis for Pelvic Pain. … 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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