Lifestyle and behavioral modifications made by patients with interstitial cystitis

Sci Rep. 2021 Feb 4;11(1):3055. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-82676-5.


Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) negatively affects the quality of life. In this study, we investigated the lifestyle behavioral changes patients with IC/BPS make to cope with their symptoms. This prospective study was conducted between August 2018 and June 2019. All patients had a primary symptom of suprapubic pain with a full bladder and other lower urinary tract symptoms for more than 6 weeks as well as cystoscopic findings. All participants completed our self-developed questionnaire, which included informations about their living and work environment, occupational garments, dietary habits, and personal habits. Continuous variables were compared using an independent sample t test, and categorical variables were compared using a chi-square test. We recruited 86 patients with IC/BPS and age-matched 86 controls without IC/BPS. In our study, patients with IC/BPS had more cranberry intake (45.34% vs. 5.81%, P < 0.05) than non-IC/BPS controls; the IC/BPS group had decreased consumption of coffee and spicy food; and wore less makeup or special work garments. In conclusion, patients with IC/BPS tend to make several lifestyle behavioral changes to cope with their symptoms.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cystitis, Interstitial / epidemiology
  • Cystitis, Interstitial / pathology
  • Cystitis, Interstitial / prevention & control*
  • Cystitis, Interstitial / therapy
  • Cystoscopy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms / epidemiology
  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms / prevention & control*
  • Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms / therapy
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / epidemiology
  • Pain / pathology
  • Pain / prevention & control*
  • Pain Management
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urinary Bladder / pathology