Dr. Akl describes interstitial cystitis and recalls the causes.
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Interstitial Cystitis Defined Interstitial cystitis is a bladder condition that can cause variable degrees of pelvic pain, discomfort, or burning, associated with urinary frequency, meaning going to the bathroom a lot, and urine urgency, which means persistent need to go to the bathroom, as well as pain during sexual intercourse. Some women might not know what urinary frequency is and because everybody’s body is different, a frequent urination is going to the bathroom more than the usual. So every woman knows her usual daytime frequency and anything more frequent than this daytime frequency for her is considered urinary frequency. If you find yourself in a situation where you have urinary urgency, frequency and/or bladder pain or discomfort you might want to see your physician to rule out or diagnose interstitial cystitis. The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not well known. However, one of the most research theories of the cause of interstitial cystitis reports that patients with interstitial cystitis have gaps in the lining of that bladder wall, which allows toxic materials and substances from the urine to invade into the bladder wall muscle causing symptoms of interstitial cystitis.