The goal of our specialists is to help you find relief and manage symptoms so you can feel like yourself again. Symptoms of IC include persistent, unpleasant sensations in the bladder, including discomfort with bladder filling, bladder pressure, and bladder spasms. The severity of symptoms can range from mild pressure to severe, debilitating pain. Additional symptoms include urinary frequency, urgency, and frequent urination at night. Seventy-five percent of patients with IC experience pain with intercourse. Sexual concerns are common in women with IC.
Dyspareunia (painful intercourse): Causes and treatment
But I remember how it felt—like sandpaper tearing at my insides. The deeper he went, the worse it was. Afterward, I felt like I'd been punched in the gut. I was only 18, just beginning to figure out my way around sex. Wasn't it supposed to be, at the very least, pleasant? Sex hurts for more women than we ever talk about, though. In a survey by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University , one-third of the participating women reported feeling pain of some kind the last time they had sex.
It is a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area. Along with this pain are lower urinary tract symptoms which have lasted for more than 6 weeks, without having an infection or other clear causes. Symptoms range from mild to severe. For some patients the symptoms may come and go, and for others they don't go away.