Jefferson University Hospitals

Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a complex, chronic disorder characterized by an inflamed or irritated bladder wall. If you are experiencing symptoms of frequent urination; feelings of pressure, pain and tenderness around the bladder, pelvis and perineum (the area between the anus and vagina or anus and scrotum); or pain during sexual intercourse, you may have this condition.

The experienced urologists at Jefferson can help accurately diagnose IC and based on your overall physical health and condition, prescribe a course of treatment that could include a bladder distention, bladder instillation (a bladder wash), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), surgery or bladder training. Your Jefferson medical team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your underlying condition.

Our urologists also possess sophisticated capabilities for testing bladder function. Through a variety of procedures, we can assess bladder pressures and urine flow, enabling us to recommend an appropriate course of treatment for a variety of bladder and urinary conditions.

Established in 1904, Jefferson has the largest urology practice in Pennsylvania, with internationally recognized experts in all major fields of urology.