Interstitial cystitis (IC) clincial trials, why participate?

By participating in an IC clinical trial, you can play a more active role in  your healthcare, gain access to new IC research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

  • Researchers: Need Help Recruiting for an IC Clinical Trial?
  • Patients: Studies Seeking IC Patients to Participate in Studies

Need Help Recruiting?

Believing that clinical trials are vital for improving treatment options and quality of care for people with IC, the ICA helps researchers to recruit study participants. We post information about studies on the ICA website, include announcements in the weekly ICA e-Newswire, and create and send email blasts that reach thousands of IC patients. Learn more about clinical trial recruitment.

Studies Seeking Patients

Interested in participating in an interstitial cystitis (IC) research study? The IC Association helps patients learn about short- and long-term clinical trials in the areas of IC, bladder pain, urgency, frequency, chronic pelvic pain, and overlappig conditions such as vulvodynia, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Check out our Studies Seeking Patients page for IC clinical trials in your area. Ask your doctor if a clinical trial might provide you with an alternative treatment or give you an opportunity to test a new IC medicine. Before you enroll, ask the clinical trial or study recruiter about any patient costs.  Some clinical trials pay a cash stipend to patients. Others offer free or discounted medical crae; however, specifics about coverage often depend on your healthcare benefits. Call your health insurance company and ask if you would be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs.


Revised Tuesday, March 10th, 2015