A life with Interstitial Cystitis

A life with Interstitial Cystitis

I’ve had four daughters, four miscarriages and one baby who died, so despite pelvic pain being a problem soon after my periods started, I was in my early 40s before I was diagnosed as having IC because I was continuously pregnant or breastfeeding for so long. I also discovered that I have endometriosis, which is remarkable because it’s often associated with infertility. Even though I’ve been a nurse in gynaecology for many years, I knew very little about IC. Not much was known about it or endometriosis until relatively recently. By the time I was diagnosed in 2009, there was a test available and it was possible to tell that there were lots of ulcerated areas on the bladder lining which were bleeding. Now I am working in a gynae outpatient clinic seeing bladder problems such as IC, overactive bladder…

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