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Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a complex, chronic disorder characterized by an inflamed or irritated bladder wall.  It can lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder, decreased bladder capacity, and pinpoint bleeding.  IC may also be referred to as:

  • painful bladder syndrome
  • frequency-urgency-dysuria syndrome

What are the symptoms of IC and who is most at risk?
While interstitial cystitis can affect children and men, most of those affected are women.  Interstitial cystitis can have a long-lasting adverse effect on your quality of life.

The following are the most common symptoms of IC.  However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • 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)
  • painful sexual intercourse
  • in men, discomfort or pain in the penis and scrotum
  • in most women, symptoms may worsen around the menstrual cycle

The symptoms of IC may resemble other conditions or medical problems.  If you are experiencing these symptoms always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Dr. Bellman is well versed among patients seeking medical attention or advice with urinary issues.  As an expert in this field, Dr. Bellman will put you at ease; discussing in detail of ways to alleviate symptoms.  To schedule a consult, our office can be reached at 818.703.9500.


For an appointment or consultation with Dr. Gary Bellman,
please contact the office or call 818-912-1899