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Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS)

This condition is defined as bladder pain, pressure or discomfort associated with urinary urgency, frequency and nocturia in the absence of an infection or other identifiable causes.

IC/BPS pain can range from mild, annoying discomfort to excruciating and debilitating. In addition to bladder pain, patients with IC/BPS might also have pain in the lower abdomen or back, urethra, vagina, testes, scrotum, perineum, or thighs. Patients can suffer from periods of flares and remissions of indeterminable frequency, duration and intensity, lasting hours to weeks; bladder pain may exacerbate with certain comestibles, with sexual activity, orgasm or ejaculation and with bladder filling. Bladder pain typically improves with urination. Recent epidemiological studies have shown that 3 to 8 million women and 2 to 4 million men in in US are affected by symptoms of IC/BPS, unfortunately, many of these men and women go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years, receiving no treatment or inappropriate treatment. This can unnecessarily prolong their pain, suffering and frustration and negatively impact their quality of life. Incorporating multidisciplinary team to care for the patient is extremely important.  Although there is no known “cure” for IC at this time, treatment is individually tailored to each patient based upon their symptoms and other co-morbid conditions. Treatment strategies include oral medication, medication put directly into the bladder, physical therapy, pain management, counseling, behavioral therapy and stress management techniques.

News

February 2, 2020: How Weight Affects Your Sex Drive—and What You Can Do About It by Susan Kellogg Spadt, Ph.D.

How Weight Affects Your Sex Drive—and What You Can Do About It

Susan Kellogg Spadt, Ph.D., director of female sexual medicine at the Center for Pelvic Medicine, Academic Urology in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

January 29, 2020 Weight and libido are linked, but it is possible to experience those bow-chicka-wow-wow feelings without losing any weight. Learn how to lose your inhibitions, boost your libido, and regain your sex drive.

Ever felt your desire flicker along with the fit of your jeans? The weight loss and libido connection is real: Your readiness to romp often depends on how you’re feeling about your naked body.

“Many women lose their sexual confidence when they put on weight, but insecurity can also stem from something as subtle as feeling like you have poor muscle tone,” says Susan Kellogg Spadt, Ph.D., director of female sexual medicine at the Center for Pelvic Medicine, Academic Urology in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. “In my practice, I see it daily in women of all weights.”

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February 3, 2017: Insurance now participating with traditional medicare plans.

At each visit, patients are provided a “medical receipt”  that they can use to submit to individual insurance plans that offer “out of network “ or “health savings plan” reimbursement options.

January 31, 2017: The National Vulvodynia Association

Dr. Kellogg was named to the Executive Board of The National Vulvodynia Association.