Symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC) differ from person to person and may even vary in the same individual over time. Some or all of these symptoms may be present:

Urinary Frequency

Patients with IC may experience day and/or night frequency of urination (up to 60 times a day in severe cases). In early or very mild cases, frequency is sometimes the only symptom.

Urinary Urgency

The sensation of having to urinate immediately, which may also be accompanied by pain, pressure, or spasms.


In the lower abdominal, urethral, or vaginal area. Pain is also frequently associated with sexual intercourse. Men with IC may experience testicular, scrotal, and/or perineal pain and painful ejaculation. Learn more about coping with IC pain.

Revised Monday, February 18th, 2019