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Facts

  • Majority of IC patients are women – staggering 90%.
  • Most women will have at least one episode of cystitis, while 30% of women experience IC by the age of 24.
  • Around 80% of all UTIs (urinary tract infections) are caused by a bacteria Escherichia coli.
  • Cystitis is more likely to occur if you’re having sex often (the so called ‘honeymoon’ cystitis).
  • Severe cases of cystitis can manifest by going to the bathroom up to 60 times a day.

Symptoms

  • pain, burning or stinging while urinating
  • urinating often, with a feeling of urgency, but passing only a small amount of urine
  • urine is dark, cloudy, sometimes containing traces of blood
  • pain in the lower abdomen or lower back
  • strong smell of urine
  • general weakness and tiredness
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