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Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder problem that can impact a person's social, psychological, occupational, domestic, physical, and sexual life. The frequent and urgent need to urinate can form an obstacle to work, travel and visit friends.
Possible symptoms of interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome include:
 Frequent and urgent need to urinate
 Pain, pressure or discomfort that may increase as the bladder fills; urinating usually alleviates the pain and gives a temporary sense of relief. 
 Pain with sexual intercourse 
 Suprapubic pain, lower abdominal (pelvic) pain, lower back pain and pain in the groin and thighs
 Vaginal, urethra and rectal pain

Interstitial Cystitis Resources
 Diagnostic Tools

This information was compiled with help from following Web sites. Please see them for more information on female interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome.
 International Painful Bladder Foundation
 American Academy of Family Physicians 

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