Interstitial Cystitis At-a-Glance
- Experts estimate that interstitial cystitis (IC) affects about 3 to 8 million women and 1 million men in the US. That’s more than the number of people with breast cancer, autism, and Alzheimer’s combined; however, these figures may significantly underestimate the true prevalence of the condition.
- IC can affect anyone. Women, men, and children of any age or race can develop IC.
- On average, it may take up to five years to receive a correct diagnosis of IC.
- In the US, the mean yearly costs for treating IC are more than double those of other patients ($7,100 versus $2,994) and the median yearly costs are close to four-times greater ($5,000 versus $1,304).
- Research has shown that IC patients’ quality of life can be worse than that of patients undergoing renal dialysis for end-stage kidney disease.
- Pelvic pain resulting from IC can be so severe that many people with IC abstain from all sexual activity.
- Some people with IC have a greater risk of developing certain related disorders, such as food and seasonal allergies, pelvic floor dysfunction, fibromyalgia, vulvodynia and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- While today there is no cure or uniformly effective treatment for IC, there are treatments that alleviate IC symptoms.
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