Whilst you might be more than aware of what cystitis is, every woman should also know these eight things about what interstitial cystitis is, too.
1. It’s way more common in women
Interstitial cystitis, also known as ‘painful bladder syndrome’, is a chronic inflammation of the wall of your bladder, which causes essentially a long-term, more severe version of the cystitis we all know and hate. It’s far more common in women – 90% of the 400,000 UK sufferers are female,and the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) estimates that in America, between 3 and 8 million women are affected, compared to 1 to 4 million men. As if periods and childbirth weren’t quite enough for Mother Nature to bless us with, right?