Interstitial Cystitis Specialist

Park Avenue Urogynecology

Urogynecology & Gynecologic Surgery located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Interstitial cystitis affects up to 8 million women in the United States. At Park Avenue Urogynecology, Soo Kwon, MD, offers comprehensive testing services, including cystourethroscopy, to diagnose interstitial cystitis. Dr. Kwon also customizes a treatment plan to ease persistent bladder pain and urinary urgency to improve your quality of life. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for interstitial cystitis, call the Upper East Side office in Manhattan, New York, today or book an appointment online.

Interstitial Cystitis Q&A

What is interstitial cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder condition that causes recurring pain in the pelvic region due to persistent inflammation and irritation in the bladder walls.

Typically, your bladder continues expanding until it’s full then sends signals to your brain that it’s time to urinate. When you have interstitial cystitis, these signals don’t work properly, and you feel the need to urinate more frequently than usual.

While anyone can develop interstitial cystitis, the condition is more common in women. For some, pelvic pain can be persistent and severe enough to interfere with your quality of life.

When should I seek treatment for interstitial cystitis?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Kwon for interstitial cystitis when you have unexplained pelvic pain that isn’t getting better with rest and over-the-counter medications.

You should also contact Park Avenue Urogynecology if you have other symptoms of interstitial cystitis, such as:

  • Pain between the vagina and anus in women
  • Persistent need to urinate
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain with sex

These symptoms can range from mild to debilitating. 

Testing may involve urine testing and cystourethroscopy, a procedure that involves the insertion of a small camera into your urethra to explore the inside of your urethra and bladder.

How is interstitial cystitis treated?

Your treatment plan for interstitial cystitis may include pelvic floor rehabilitation, lifestyle modification, medication, and bladder instillation.

To learn more about the available treatment options for interstitial cystitis, call Park Avenue Urogynecology today or schedule a consultation online.