Do you experience pain, pressure or discomfort in your bladder?
Is this pain relieved passing urine?
Is the pain in your bladder worse with sex, eating spicy or acidic foods, drinking coffee?
If the answer is ‘yes’, you may be suffering from Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS). This condition is often associated with reduced quality of life, low self-esteem and can cause problems with your sex life. It affects around 5% of the population and is 5 times more common in women than men.
I often see women with BPS that has gone undiagnosed for many years. The first step is to rule out other causes of pain such as urinary tract infection, bladder stones, endometriosis or bowel problems. Sometimes investigations are needed such as urodynamics or a camera test of your bladder (cystoscopy).
I offer the following treatments for bladder pain:
• Tablets (cimetidine, amitriptyline)
• Bladder instillation therapy
• Botox® bladder injections