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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

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

14 February 2019

New York Times posted an article on their website entitled “When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease” that discusses the struggle that many interstitial cystitis patients are facing with the opioid crisis. “Katie Tulley suffers from an incurable bladder … Continued

Have You Considered Fundraising on Facebook?

14 February 2019

Facebook has made birthdays a time to do something positive! Most of us don’t like getting older, but Facebook has created a birthday fundraiser that makes it easy, with no fees, to fundraise for the ICA. Go to and follow … Continued

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- Lynn


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