What Are the Basics of Painful Bladder Syndrome?

What is painful bladder syndrome?

Painful bladder syndrome, also known as interstitial cystitis, refers to a condition that causes recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder. It can occur at any age, but adults, especially adult women, are more likely to develop it.

What are the symptoms of painful bladder syndrome?

The symptoms of painful bladder syndrome vary from case to case. People may experience:

  • mild discomfort
  • pressure
  • tenderness
  • intense pain in the bladder and pelvic area.

Symptoms may also include:

  • an urgent need to urinate (urgency)
  • a frequent need to urinate (frequency)
  • a combination of these symptoms

Pain may change in intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties. Women’s symptoms often get worse during menstruation. They may sometimes experience pain with vaginal intercourse.

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