If you have a painful bladder, or burning and/or frequent urination, (need to urinate often), or have lower abdominal or pelvic pains, or have been diagnosed often with bladder infections only to find out from your doctor a few days or weeks later that it was not a bacterial infection, you may have Interstitial Cystitis.
Infection causes inflammation. There are other causes of inflammation, including injury, connective tissue disease, and even anxiety and PTSD cause inflammation. Inflammation can even cause blood in the urine. See your health care provider for this.
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More information about Interstitial Cystitis: Interstitial Cystitis Association
Many women have itching around the vulva. Sometimes women then worry they may have a yeast infection. Often it is actually lichen sclerosis. This is inflammation around the vulva. It can be treated with anti-inflammatories. This is the one that physicians advise patients not to worry about using cortisone regularly. If you don’t treat the condition, your vaginal opening can close up a bit, making intercourse difficult and painful. Do see your physician to have the area examined.
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