FactsMajority 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.
SymptomsPain, 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
Sounds like you? #shareandinspire
Let’s raise awareness together.
Add your belly painting and join the campaign. Use lipstick, marker pen, henna or whatever you have to hand. We’ve done it without faces so you can too, but you don’t have to.
Tell us more about your life, tell us your story. Write to us, or contact us on social media with the hashtag #shareandinspire or #youandme, and we’ll publish it or get back to you for more information. We are asking for your name and phone number in case we need to contact you but your story can appear anonymously if you like. Just tick the box.