What can you do about Interstitial Cystitis (IC)?

by Kaylie Brand, Registered Dietician

Are you worried about sitting through an hour-long work meeting without getting up to go to the bathroom? Are you sick of missing kid’s sports games because the pain is overwhelming? Do you feel that your support system has given up on helping you find relief? We have answers.

Facing The Barriers of Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

If you feel that any of these scenarios have become a common occurrence in your life, we want you to know you are NOT alone. Many women with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) face these barriers every day. HOWEVER, at Minnesota Women’s Care, we fight with you until you find a new normal that no longer sets you back.

IC is not well understood and unfortunately there currently is no cure. Although, luckily through nutrition and lifestyle behavior changes, relief can be found as a form of remission. You may have already tried avoiding specific dietary items such as caffeine, spicy hot foods, alcohol, and citrus foods, and still have not found relief. That is because there may be more culprits in your diet that still may be causing problems. Since everyone is different, everyone’s diet will be different too and is why a one-size-fits all diet is not working for you.

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Diet GuideFind The Diet That's Right For You.

At Minnesota Women’s Care we work with you to find your personalized diet – through an IC Elimination Diet – which has been found to benefit many women who feel the way you do. The goal of this diet is to decrease your current symptoms and determine your “Bladder Friendly Foods” to feel confident in your food choices every day. 

This guide has been prepared as a quick reference for you to discover which foods may be causing problems and how to start making changes. Download the IC Diet Guide.

You are still in charge. Not IC.

Even though it may seem that IC has taken over your life, it is important to remember that YOU are still in charge. Changing your diet is not something you are forced to do but a choice you have towards creating a positive change. With focusing on diet and making changes to better yourself you can determine your new normal. 

Food Isn't The Only Culprit.

Flare ups can also be caused by other things such as medications, stress, restrictive clothing, premenstrual syndrome, poor sleep, and the list goes on. Keeping track of these patterns may be beneficial to determine what else may be contributing to your symptoms. That is why it is important to have a support system to discover other therapies and interventions. At Minnesota Women’s Care we are dedicated to solve as many barriers as we can through supporting you through your journey.

The Bottom Line

Schedule an appointment with us today to discover your new normal!

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Disclaimer: Cutting out foods may be needed for individuals with an intolerance, allergy, or disease that requires a medically tailored diet. You can also reach out to me for support in maintaining your health through these obstacles.


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About the author: Kaylie Brand, RD, LD

Kaylie has a wide variety of experience working as a dietitian with people from all walks of life. She has developed plans and recommendations for professional sports teams, college athletic departments, grocery stores, grade school students, hospital patients, and more. In other words ... no matter what your goals are for eating healthier or weight management, Kaylie has the experience to work with you and find solutions.        

If you are interested in booking an appointment with Kaylie, call Minnesota Women's Care at 651-600-3035 or click Book Now.