Interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome (commonly abbreviated to "IC/BPS"), is a chronic, often severely debilitating disease of the urinary bladder. Of unknown cause, it is characterized by: pain associated with the bladder, pain associated with urination (dysuria), urinary frequency (as often as every 10Šminutes), urgency, and/or pressure in the bladder and/or pelvis.
The disease has a profound impact on quality of life. A Harvard University study concluded, "the impact of interstitial
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