Intended for healthcare professionals

Clinical Review

The management of interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome in women

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 31 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2707

Rx for Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) is a common female problem that
sometimes responds remarkably well to simple measures, such as increased
fluids, avoidance of alcohol and caffeine, regular aerobic exercise, and warm
baths. It’s best to try these safe, commonsense measures before resorting to
drugs and surgery, both of which might complicate and aggravate the

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

14 August 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA