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  • Does Elmiron help with painfull intercourse?

    Im trying birth control to see if my painfull intercourse is coming from endo. Its a 3 month waiting period to see. But my gyn really thinks its coming from my bladder and suggested that I started elmiron right away. Its a deep pain like a punching pain and it radiates down my lower back. -thanks
    Diagnosed with IC October 2009- through bladder biopsy (no glomerations or hunners ulcers found, just irritation)

    I have moderate-severe IC

    Currently stopped taking all medications due to pregnancy

  • #2
    Hi there! I can't really answer the question about Elmiron and painful intercourse. I personally haven't heard of it being linked to making intercourse easier. Maybe someone else might know something I don't? Elmiron is specifically for IC and helps provide a protective coating for the bladder. Have you had a potassium sensitivity test or cystoscopy to diagnose you with IC?
    Sarah

    Dx: IC, fibromyalgia, PFD, chronic pelvic pain, vulvodynia, endo, ovarian cysts, pelvic congestion syndrome, Vitamin B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism

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    • #3
      yes, I was officially diagnosed in 2009. Although I have been having symptoms since 2006. Its possible painfull intercourse could be from endometriosis also. Its kinda hard to tell at this point
      Diagnosed with IC October 2009- through bladder biopsy (no glomerations or hunners ulcers found, just irritation)

      I have moderate-severe IC

      Currently stopped taking all medications due to pregnancy

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      • #4
        Painful intercouse can also be a result of pelvic floor dysfunction. If you have been suffering from pain in your lower abdomen or pelvic floor, it could need to tightening and shortening of your pelvic floor muscles over the years. It might be worth getting that checked out and seek a second opinion if you need to, not all doctors are qualified in diagnosing that.
        Current treatment:
        Elmiron 100mg 3x a day
        Hydroxyzine 75mg
        Lyrica 100mg 3x a day
        Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy started 12/10
        Ativan 1-2mg as needed


        Bloging my thoughts at www.thispatientperspective.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SFGirl View Post
          Painful intercouse can also be a result of pelvic floor dysfunction. If you have been suffering from pain in your lower abdomen or pelvic floor, it could need to tightening and shortening of your pelvic floor muscles over the years. It might be worth getting that checked out and seek a second opinion if you need to, not all doctors are qualified in diagnosing that.
          The only thing that has helped me with that is pelvic floor physical therapy! And yes, it is worth the work and money and embarrassment!

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          • #6
            Just another post in support of pelvic floor therapy! My physical therapist saved my life!
            Symtoms started July 2010.
            Severe pelvic floor pain only.

            2 time PT graduate!
            In medical remission since August 2011; able to eat and drink anything I want currently.

            IC meds:
            200 mg Elmiron in the morning
            100 mg Elmiron @ night
            Macrobid after intercourse

            03/11 07/11 01/12
            If at first you don't succeed: 07/26/2013!

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            • #7
              Intercourse is very painful for me. I've been taking Elmiron for about 7 months now and it really hasn't made a difference I wish it did though...It's awful!
              Current IC medication:
              Diagnosed July 15th, 2010
              Taking: Elmiron 100MG, 3 times a day
              Prosed DS, 4 times a day (Depending on my pain level)
              Strict IC Diet

              Other Medication:
              Implanon(Type of Birth Control)
              Melatonin, 1 time a day(To help me sleep)


              I have a blog now! Its all about IC. Check it out if you want! http://thelovelykiraldr.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                Sometimes intercourse is painful for me or the 24 hours following but I definitely only feel it in my bladder and the urgency frequency gets much worse. I would think if it radiates up your back it could be partially something else too like some of the other posters have mentioned.
                Cindi


                Gelnique for frequency/urgency - works great
                Macrobid after sex
                Prilosec, continuous birth control pills
                synthroid .088mg, mucinex-d, restasis

                Supplements: Desert Harvest Aloe vera, Cysta-q, prelief, magnesium and calcium, Vit D, flaxseed oil

                Diag Mild IC Jan 11 but have had symptoms for 25 years. Also have GERD, TMJ, IBS-C, chronic dry eye syndrome, hashimotos thyroiditis, non-allergic rhinitis.

                IC Diet Link: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf
                AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview- http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?p=571592
                AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
                Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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