Treatment for IC

If you are diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC), the good news is there are effective treatment options that may help with your symptoms.


There are medical options, such as oral medications and bladder installations, available. Click here for information about a medication available to treat bladder pain or discomfort symptoms associated with IC. Speak to your doctor to see if medication is right for you.

Lifestyle approaches

For many, lifestyle changes can keep symptoms in check.
  • Bladder training – Lengthening the time between bathroom visits
  • Gentle exercise such as walking, yoga, or low-impact aerobics
  • Stress reduction
  • Placing warm or cold compresses on the lower abdomen

Dietary changes

Many people find that certain foods and drinks can trigger symptoms. Pay attention to periods when flare-ups occur and try to determine if they generally begin after you’ve had certain foods or drinks. Be particularly mindful of:
  • Caffeinated liquids
  • Citrus products
For a more comprehensive list of foods and beverages that should be avoided, visit the Interstitial Cystitis Network Web site at


If all other approaches have been tried and you still are in severe pain, surgery may be discussed. As with all surgical procedures, there are both risks and benefits. And, short- and long-term complications can arise.