9. Stress Management
While stress is not a cause of IC, it can make your symptoms flare up and trigger inflammation in the body. Hence, to help manage IC symptoms and prevent them from getting worse, it is important to reduce your stress levels.
To reduce stress, do something relaxing every day. Meditation, light exercise, listening to soft music or even a swimming session can help fight stress. In fact, you can do anything that you find relaxing.
A form of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture can help reduce IC symptoms by strengthening the urinary system and improving the functioning of the bladder.
During an acupuncture session, a practitioner places numerous thin needles in your skin at specific points on your body. This helps relieve pain and other symptoms by rebalancing the flow of energy in your body.
Acupuncture also boosts the activity of your body’s natural painkillers.
Get your acupuncture treatment done only by a qualified acupuncturist.
- Maintaining a regular exercise routine can help you manage your symptoms.
- Opt for bladder training that involves timed urination — going to the toilet according to the clock rather than waiting for the need to go.
- Urinate frequently to reduce the risk of bladder infections as well as kidney problems.
- Wear loose clothing and avoid belts or clothes that put pressure on your abdomen.
- Maintain good hygiene. It is important for your bladder as well as your overall health.
- Do not use douches, soaps or deodorants in your vaginal area.
- Keep your bathroom clean and avoid using dirty bathrooms or public toilets.
- Avoid staying in a wet swimsuit for a long time.