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3 to 8 Million Women

Have Symptoms of IC/BPS and/or Pelvic Pain

It's NOT all in their head

Some women have undergone unnecessary hysterectomy in a desperate attempt to reduce their pain. They may see 5 to 7 doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis.

1 to 4 Million Men

Struggle with bladder and/or pelvic pain

It's NOT chronic prostatitis

Researchers now suspect that the millions of men diagnosed with chronic prostatitis actually suffer from IC/BPS or Pelvic Floor dysfunction

Chronic Pelvic Pain

IC/BPS is a chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Five Subtypes

Five distinct subtypes are found in IC patients. Determining a patients subtype will prioritize treatments and improve their treatment response.

Join Us And Help Spread The Word That IC is Real And Treatable!

Every September, IC patients around the world unite to raise awareness about interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome, hypersensitive bladder syndrome and chronic pelvic pain. All IC patients, support group leaders and national organizations are invited to participate! Here’s how you can help!

Upcoming Pain Conferences & Events

ESSIC 2017 – (September 21-23) – Budapest Hungary

Both patients and clinicians are welcome to attend the International Society for the Study of Bladder Pain Syndrome Annual Meeting in Budapest. This event will feature many of the leading IC researchers and clinicians in the world today. Learn more here! 

For Grace’s Change Agent Pain Summit (September 22, 2017) – Los Angeles, CA

For Grace is thrilled to be hosting a new event this year – one that will give women and men with chronic pain a voice in improving pain care for the six to seven million people in California challenged by daily, persistent chronic pain. Together we’ll uncover barriers to care, best practices and solutions that will be shared with healthcare and policy leaders in California during our Part Two event in June 2018. Learn more here! 

Bridge For Pelvic Pain (September 30, 2017) – Colorado Springs, CO

Learn about chronic pelvic, sexual and genital pain and integrative treatments from presentations by doctors, physical therapists, counselors, health and wellness experts and patient advocates. New this year: Afternoon break-out sessions for patients and caregivers. Space is limited. Register Early! Learn more here!

2017 Annual Fall Meeting on Chronic Pelvic Pain (October 11-15, 2017) – Washington, DC
3rd World Congress on Abdominal & Pelvic Pain (October 11-15, 2017) – Washington, DC

The largest pelvic pain conference in the world, the International Pelvic Pain Society & World Congress on Abdominal & Pelvic Pain have combined efforts in a fall meeting dedicated to the study and treatment of chronic pelvic pain including IC, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pudendal Neuralgia, Vulvodynia & More. Learn more here!

Do you have an event to list? Please send us the details at: events@icawareness.org

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