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What Is Interstitial Cystitis? - Dr. Akl

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Dr. Akl describes interstitial cystitis and recalls the causes.

Dr. Akl:
Interstitial cystitis is a bladder condition that can cause variable degrees of pelvic pain, discomfort, or burning, associated with urinary frequency, meaning going to the bathroom a lot, and urine urgency, which means persistent need to go to the bathroom, as well as pain during sexual intercourse.

Some women might not know what urinary frequency is and because everybody’s body is different, a frequent urination is going to the bathroom more than the usual. So every woman knows her usual daytime frequency and anything more frequent than this daytime frequency for her is considered urinary frequency.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have urinary urgency, frequency and/or bladder pain or discomfort you might want to see your physician to rule out or diagnose interstitial cystitis.

The exact cause of interstitial cystitis is not well known. However, one of the most research theories of the cause of interstitial cystitis reports that patients with interstitial cystitis have gaps in the lining of that bladder wall, which allows toxic materials and substances from the urine to invade into the bladder wall muscle causing symptoms of interstitial cystitis.

About Dr. Mohamed Akl, M.D.:
Dr. Mo Akl is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship trained in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Akl completed four years of residency training in general Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hurley Medical Center affiliated with Michigan State University followed by an additional three years of fellowship training in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, one of the best training institutions in urogynecology, pelvic surgery, laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery.

Visit Dr. Akl at the AZ Urogynecology & Pelvic Health Center

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