The Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome Support Group exists to provide information and support to all who are affected by Interstitial Cystitis. Several meetings take place in the Ottawa area throughout the year. 

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What is IC?  Interstitital Cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, the cause of which is unknown. Ninety percent of those who have IC are women. The symptoms are urinary frequency, pain and urgency. IC patients rarely test positive for infection. Symptoms range in intensity from being ‘just a nuisance’ to ‘disabling’.

It is important to establish a diagnosis and begin treatment of IC symptoms. Treatments vary with each individual. They may include dietary modification, oral medications, bladder instillations, surgical procedures, biofeedback, pelvic physiotherapy, pain management, nutritional supplementation or a combination thereof. It is not uncommon to try many treatment modalities until one is found to be effective.

There are many websites that offer reliable information about IC. Highly recommended are:
Interstitial Cystitis Network
Interstitial Cystitis Association and  (French)