What is Interstitial Cystitis?

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Interstitial cystitis or IC is a multi-factorial syndrome characterized by pelvic pain, urinary bladder inflammation, frequent urination and urgency.  The pain can range from mild to debilitating.  It is a syndrome that waxes and wanes, affects primarily women, however men can also be affected.  IC is typically diagnosed after urinary tract infections and other pelvic diseases have been ruled out.  Many people with IC also struggle with fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and asthma.  Stress and anxiety are known to exacerbate IC symptoms.  Menstruation and intercourse often trigger pain.

Interstitial Cystitis or Lower Urinary Dysfunction Epithelia in men is characterized by symptoms similar to an acute lower urinary tract infection but without an identifiable pathogen.  Symptoms include bladder pain, urinary frequency, nocturia, urgency and pain with urination. (more…)

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Trapped in an Abusive Relationship

Violence against women is a public health problem.  How can each of us contribute to changing the conditions in our society that perpetuate domestic violence?

Domestic violence is willful intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault and other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against the other.  Verbal and emotional abuse almost always precede physical abuse.  The statistics are astounding.  One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  There are 3.3 million children in the United States exposed to violence in the home.  Children are so deeply affected that many develop post traumatic stress symptoms.  Witnessing violence between parents is the strongest risk factor for perpetuating violence from generation to generation.  Domestic violence cuts across every demographic group.  The most common batterer is one who uses violence to get his partner to do what he wants without regard for what she wants.  Battering is considered a learned behavior.  Domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes.  While there is some violence in gay and lesbian relationships, research points to less physical harm in lesbian relationships and more physical harm in short term but not long term gay male relationships.

Research shows that middle class men are more likely to use violence within their family.  (more…)

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