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Dietary Manipulation on Female IC/BPS Patients

Clinical Efficacy of 1-Year Intensive Systematic Dietary Manipulation as Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies on Female Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome Patients


To evaluate the clinical efficacy of intensive systematic dietary manipulation (ISDM) for female patients with interstitial cystitis (IC)/bladder pain syndrome (BPS) in stable condition who were followed in our hospital.

Materials and Methods

In cooperation with the nutrition control team, we created a basic IC/BPS diet menu for 1 month. Data regarding daily food intake and food-related symptoms were collected by detailed interview of each patient, we set meal menu to control IC/BPS symptoms and advised the patients to reduce the intake of specific food items to the maximum possible extent. The following food items were removed from or restricted in the diet of patients: tomatoes, tomato products, soybean, tofu product, spices, excessive potassium, citrus, high-acidity-inducing substances, etc. We evaluated the following factors 3 months and 1 year after the start of the intervention: O’Leary-Sant symptom index, O’Leary-Sant problem index, urgency visual analogue scale score, bladder or pelvic pain visual analogue scale score, and numerical patient-reported quality of life index.