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Interstitial cystitis may cause:

  • Frequent urination

  • An intense urge to urinate

  • Awakening from sleep to pass urine

  • A burning sensation during urination

  • Pain, pressure or tenderness in the area of the bladder midline, below the navel or in some other portion of the pelvis

  • Increasing discomfort as the bladder fills

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • In men, pain or discomfort in the penis and scrotum

  • In women, worsening symptoms during menstrual periods

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