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Bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis)


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Symptoms of bladder pain syndrome (BPS) include intense pain over your lower tummy, sudden urges to pee and needing to pee more often than usual.

The cause of bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is unclear. Some people may have a long-lasting urinary tract infection (UTI) that tests have not found.

You may have several tests, including a cystoscopy, before doctors can diagnose bladder pain syndrome (BPS).

You may need to try several treatments for bladder pain syndrome (BPS). These include medicines, specialist physiotherapy and surgery.

Avoiding certain foods and drinks, reducing stress and staying hydrated can help with symptoms of bladder pain syndrome (BPS).

Bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is a poorly understood condition where you have pelvic pain and problems peeing. It's also called interstitial cystitis.

Page last reviewed: 18/02/2022
Next review due: 18/02/2025