Women’s Pelvic Pain

A leading source of pelvic pain in women is interstitial cystitis, often called painful bladder syndrome, which affects nearly 12 million Americans. This is a chronic bladder issue that causes pain and pressure in the bladder area.

Who Should See a Pelvic Pain Specialist

Often mistaken for persistent or recurring urinary tract infection, IC can cause symptoms that range from being mildly uncomfortable to severely debilitating, including:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Persistent, urgent need to urinate, even when your bladder is not full
  • Frequent urination of small amounts throughout the day and night (40-60 times per day in severe cases)
  • Bladder pain, pressure or discomfort as the bladder fills
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

The symptoms of IC can vary or even disappear for a period of time. If you are experiencing symptoms of IC, the qualified urologists at Hackensack Meridian Health can help. Our team has the expertise and technology to diagnose your condition and provide treatment options to give you relief.

Diagnosing Pelvic Pain

Because the symptoms of IC often overlap with symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) and overactive bladder,  IC can be challenging to diagnose. The urology experts at Hackensack Meridian Health have the expertise to rule out other urology conditions and structural abnormalities. Your doctor may perform a pelvic exam and order a lab analysis of your urine and imaging tests to see how your bladder is working.

Treating Pelvic Pain

If you are diagnosed with IC, our urologists will recommend a treatment plan and collaborate with other medical providers, including physical therapists and pain management specialists, to help you find relief.  

Common treatments include:

  • Dietary or behavioral changes, such as eliminating coffee, tea, or acidic foods and drinks from your diet
  • Bladder training, which involves timed urination
  • Medications to relieve pain, relax your bladder or protect your bladder from irritation
  • Physical therapy to help relieve pelvic pain
  • Nerve stimulation to help reduce urinary urgency or frequency
  • Bladder distention, a procedure that stretches your bladder using water or gas
  • Bladder washes, a procedure that places a medicated solution into your bladder through a thin, flexible tube (called a catheter) inserted into your urethra
  • Bladder surgery

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Urology Care


Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey for eight years in a row by U.S. News & World Report and is the only urology department in New Jersey that is nationally ranked.


We offer urologists who specialize in women’s conditions. We are experienced in diagnosing and treating women with IC who have not found successful treatment anywhere else.

Patient Experience

We specialize in a range of urologic disciplines including urologic oncology, infertility, stone disease, sexual dysfunction, female urology and pediatric urology.

Our Doctors

Combining medical expertise, advanced technology, and state-of-the-art facilities, our physicians provide you with innovative diagnostic, treatment, prevention, and screening services for the full range of urologic disorders and diseases.