Interstitial cystitis, according to some sources, is a condition which may afflict sexual assault survivors. IC is not classified as a sexually transmitted disease, and although the cause is unknown, physical trauma is one of the possibilities. It is thought to be a problem with the lining of the bladder, and may lead to increased sensitivity to pain in the nerves of the bladder and surrounding areas. You can search for a physician specializing in this condition by searching University Medical websites for "interstitial cystitis". The physician (often an OBGYN or urologist) may then refer you to a physical therapist.
You might try to eliminate all processed foods (with additives, dyes and glycols found in lake dyes) from your diet. Some items that have caused sensitivity (on a case by case basis) are hair dye, soups, tea, and any liquids with dyes in them. Other food items are alcohol, tomatoes, spices, chocolate, caffeinated and citrus beverages, high-acid foods, pickled foods, artificial sweeteners, and cigarette smoke (according to NIDDK and the sources listed below).
"Interstitial cystitis signs and symptoms include:
Pain in your pelvis or between the vagina and anus in women or between the scrotum and anus in men (perineum).
"People may experience mild discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and pelvic area. Symptoms may include an urgent need to urinate, a frequent need to urinate, or a combination of these symptoms. Pain may change in intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties. Women’s symptoms often get worse during menstruation. They may sometimes experience pain during vaginal intercourse."
"Distending, or inflating, the bladder
Symptoms may worsen "during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (14 to 28 days after the first day of the last period)"
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