Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic pain condition that affects the bladder, bladder pressure, and sometimes the pelvis. Patients typically feel the need to urinate more often with smaller volumes of urine and experience pain in the urinary tract (urethra and/or bladder).
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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): UTIs are infections that occur in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A UTI occurs when germs, most often bacteria from the digestive tract, get into the opening of the urethra and start to multiply.