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Bladder Pain Syndrome

Bladder pain syndrome (BPS), also known as interstitial cystitis (IC), painful bladder syndrome (PBS), hypersensitive bladder syndrome (HBS), or chronic pelvic pain syndrome is a condition that results in pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder, urethra, vagina, groin, lower back and the prostate in men.

Bladder Pain Syndrome Symptoms

The symptoms of bladder pain are usually present for more than 6 weeks and there are no underlying infections or urinary tract infections.

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Bladder pain syndrome (BPS) displays a range of symptoms including the frequent need to urinate, the urgent need to urinate and bladder pain. Symptoms and pelvic pain vary -  the most severe is Interstitial Cystitis (IC) (unlike bacterial cystitis which is a urinary tract infection that is quickly treated). Pain levels vary from mild to agonizing pain, and this pain typically worsens after urination. (Double Voiding technique may help).

The causes of Bladder pain syndrome remain a mystery, some link it to stressful events, and others relate it to pelvic surgery. Some link it to excessive soda drink consumption, some to coffee/tea caffeine consumption. The common link here is an irritation to the bladder wall. Recent studies have isolated a substance present in a Painful bladder (APF) that may be responsible for blocking the normal growth of bladder cells. Painful bladder is also closely associated to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Bladder Pain Syndrome Diet

Diet modification is recommended as the first line of defence for anyone struggling with painful bladder syndrome. Sensitivity to various foods will vary among individuals and it is vital that a sufferer can identify trigger foods.

Bladder Pain Syndrome Treatment

The Kegel8 Ultra and the Kegel8 Ultra V For Men have pain treatments programmes, clinically proven to help with bladder pain.

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