Talking to
Your Doctor

Know what to expect and
how to prep for your visit.

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What to Expect During Your Visit

Whether you’re going to your doctor for the first time about your symptoms or you’ve already been diagnosed with IC, it’s important to have an honest, open dialogue about what you are experiencing. IC is a chronic condition that affects many aspects of your life both emotionally and physically, so it’s important you have treatment options to help manage your condition.

If seeing your physician for the first time, prepare yourself for that conversation:

  • Fill out a voiding diary so your physician can visually see how often you are urinating and approximately how much you are urinating.


IC symptoms correlate with many other conditions physicians may look to rule out:

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI) – may include symptoms such as pain when urinating, urgency, and pressure in the lower abdomen. Physicians typically look for a positive urine culture to confirm the diagnosis. A negative urine culture may rule out a UTI.
  • Bladder infection – may include symptoms such as burning with urination, urgency to urinate and increase frequency of urination.
  • Prostatitis in men – symptoms are not always present, but may include frequency of urination, pain when urinating, and pain in lower back, around the groin or in the abdomen.
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction – may include symptoms such as frequent urination, pain when urinating, constipation or pain during bowel movement

Your doctor may also administer a test to help confirm an IC diagnosis. Possible tests include:


Complicated cases may require additional diagnostic testing. Your doctor will know best how to proceed with your diagnosis and care.

Prepare for Your Visit

Write down your questions

Think about the most important questions you’d like to ask your doctor and write them down. Here are some examples many IC/PBS patients ask:

  • 1) How do we know for sure I have IC/PBS?
  • 2) What causes IC/PBS?
  • 3) How will my life change if I am diagnosed with IC?
  • 4) What is an elimination diet, and how will it help with IC?
  • 5) What are the treatment options available to me?
  • 6) Is there anything I can do at home to help manage my symptoms?
  • 7) Are there certain foods I cannot eat with IC/PBS?
  • 8) I have days when my symptoms are suddenly worse than others. What can I do for more immediate relief?

Gather all your notes and diaries

Remember to bring your PUF Questionnaire results and your voiding log, food diaries, and symptoms diaries with you to the doctor’s office.

If you haven’t taken the PUF Questionnaire, click here to obtain your results.

Be open and honest

Be prepared to describe your symptoms—especially those around pelvic pain, urinary urgency, and urinary frequency—and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about the possibility of IC. Your doctor will first evaluate you according to these common symptoms. If you have never been diagnosed with IC, it is likely that your doctor will also rule out the conditions mentioned above as a cause for any symptoms.


Again, be sure to take all questions and diaries with you to your next appointment. This will help you
have a better conversation with your doctor and get you on the right track to DefeatIC™.

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