Urine is a waste product that contains substances that can harm the body’s cells. The bladder wall is normally protected from the urine by a layer knows as glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs. In IC/PBS, the GAG layer becomes thin and defective which then exposes the bladder wall to urine, causing an inflammatory reaction. This results in symptoms of IC/PBS such as frequency and pain.
The treatments break down into four general areas:
- Oral Medications
- Intravesical Medications
- Other Treatments
Treatments for Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome are generally used to help control symptoms. Not every treatment will work for every individual and we recommend that all treatment options be discussed with your GP or Urologist.