Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis

Symptoms of interstitial cystitis include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary urgency
  • Pain in the bladder or lower abdomen
  • Pain in the anus and perineum (the space between the anus and vagina or penis)
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Ulcers in the bladder, in a small number of cases

Symptoms of interstitial cystitis may vary from one patient to another, and from one day to another for an individual patient. Symptoms may disappear entirely for a period of time, but in as many as half the cases, symptoms return.