Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) is a chronic condition characterized by pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic area coupled with urinary frequency and urgency:
- It affects 3 to 8 million women in the US.
- The underlying cause of IC/BPS remains unknown; there is no cure.
- Treatment typically requires an interprofessional, multimodal approach.
- Protocols may include a combination of medications, neurostimulation, physical therapy, and dietary modifications.
Journal Articles on the Influence of Dietary Intake on IC/BPS Symptoms
Bade JJ, Peeters JM, Mensink HJ. Is the diet of patients with interstitial cystitis related to their disease? EU Urol. 1997;32:179-83.
Bassaly R, Downes K, Hart S. Dietary consumption triggers in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome patients. FPMRS J. 2011; 17(1): 36-39.
Friedlander JI, Shorter S, Moldwin RM. Diet and its role in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) and comorbid conditions. BJU Int. 2012;109(11):1584-1591.
Gordon B, Shorter B, Sarcona A, Moldwin R. Nutritional considerations for interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115(9);1372-1379.
Herati AS, Shorter B, Srinivasan AK, Seiderman JTC, Lesser M, Moldwin RM. Effects of Foods and Beverages on the Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Urology. 2013;82(6):1376-1380.
Klumpp D, Rudick CN. Dietary sensitivity of interstitial cystitis-Bane and opportunity. EU Urol Rev. 2009;4(1):54-6.
Oh-oka H. Clinical efficacy of 1-year intensive systematic dietary manipulation as complementary and alternative medicine therapies on female patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. Urol. 2017;106:50-54.
Shorter B, Ackerman M, Varvara J. Statistical validation of the Shorter-Moldwin food sensitivity questionnaire for patients with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. J Urol. 2014;191 (6):1793-801.
Shorter B, Lesser M, Moldwin RM, Kushner L. Effect of comestibles on symptoms of interstitial cystitis. J Urol. 2007;178(1):145-152.
Patient Education Materials
The Interstitial Cystitis Association offers patient education materials on a variety of topics.