How does interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) affect quality of life?

Updated: Dec 04, 2020
  • Author: Eric S Rovner, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Because of the chronic nature of interstitial cystitis and the significant effect on the patient's quality of life, the psychological impact of the condition can be enormous. Ongoing emotional support is essential. [38, 39] Again, using the RAND interstitial cystitis cohort and a bladder symptom impact scale (BSI), women with a higher BSI score were more likely to have worse general mental and physical health–related quality of life, have more severe depressive symptoms, and a lower perceived control over life in general. They were also found to have worse coping skills overall than women with lesser or no symptoms. [40]


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