Demystifying Interstitial Cystitis

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  • Learn about the nature and causes of painful bladder syndrome, also known as interstitial cystitis
  • Discover the secret formula for relief and various strategies for managing this condition
  • Understand the importance of demystifying and addressing bladder pain to improve quality of life
  • This video is part of the Solving Sexual Dysfunction Summit
Betsy Greenleaf, DO, FACOOG (Distinguished)

Hi, this is. Dr. Betsy Greenleaf, one of your hosts from the Solving Sexual Dysfunction Summit. And I wanted to talk to you about a pelvic pain condition called interstitial cystitis. I know that one is a mouthful, but it goes by IC for short. Unfortunately, there are a number of people that suffer from interstitial cystitis and both men and women can get this condition. But it happens to be more women than there are men. This can lead to symptoms like burning when urinating. Pelvic burning, urgency, frequency, incontinence, and so it can be painful sex. And so there’s not a lot in traditional medicine that is known about interstitial cystitis but I’m here to shed some light on it.

So it was first discovered in the late 1800s when the term was coined, and it was noted to be a condition where patients were experiencing pain almost like a bladder infection or urinary tract infection but without any signs of a urinary tract infection. And so what has happened over the years between the 1800s and now is we don’t have a lot more information. And I think that’s because traditional medicine has kind of get stuck in our pelvic focus. You know, when there’s a problem someplace, if there’s a sexual problem, we look at the genitals. If there’s a bladder problem. We look at the bladder. This is one of the things that I sometimes think is a blessing and a curse as I trained as an osteopathic physician. As osteopathic physicians, our thoughts, are the body is a whole unit and it can’t act independently of each other. So allopathic medicine, those are like your MDs. They tend to train, and things are changing now, let’s say your cardiologist is going to look at your heart rate. Your endocrinologist is going to look at your hormones and usually just diabetes and thyroid. An orthopedic doctor is going to look at your joints. But we’re a whole body, we’re a whole human and everything interacts. And that’s one of the nice things that osteopathic physicians. They usually have a DO after their names. 

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