Chronic Urogenital Pain

Vulvodynia – Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis


Self-Care


Clothing
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing that increases pressure on the lower abdomen.
  • If possible avoid wearing synthetic clothes items that prevent good aeration of the urogenital area and contribute to the build up of heat and moisture.
  • White 100% cotton underwear, pads and tampons are recommended.
Lifestyle
  • Healthy lifestyle in which you minimise stress,
  • Eat healthy food with minimum additives and preservatives (see dietary considerations –link), avoiding bladder irritants acidic and high potassium diets).
  • Ensure that you have regular exercise.
  • Avoid smoking and the use of alcohol as discussed in the section on diet.
  • Develop regular and correct bladder voiding habits.