Obstetrics and Gynecology
Tahireh Markert, Alexa Courtepatte, Jeannine Miranne
Jeannine Miranne, MD, MS
Research Category: Women's Health, Sex-Differences and Gender Biology
Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) is a chronic condition that is characterized by pain or discomfort located in the bladder or pelvis that usually occurs and worsens with bladder filling and improves with bladder emptying. Patients with this condition typically have symptoms of urinary frequency and/or urgency, and nocturia. These symptoms can recur over time leading to episodes of pain and irritative voiding symptoms known as flares which vary in length and severity. Stress can precipitate or exacerbate IC/BPS symptoms. This study aims to determine whether the stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic potentially resulted in an increase in IC/BPS new diagnoses and flares compared to prior years.
In this study we found that more patients were newly diagnosed with IC/BPS during the first year of the pandemic compared with the preceding year. However, when adjusting for trends in diagnosis rates over time, this difference was not statistically significant. There were less flares reported during the pandemic as compared with the year prior; however, this difference was not statistically significant.