Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) negatively affects the quality of life. In this study, we investigated the lifestyle behavioral changes patients with IC/BPS make to cope with their symptoms. This prospective study was conducted between August 2018 and June 2019. All patients had a primary symptom of suprapubic pain with a full bladder and other lower urinary tract symptoms for more than 6 weeks as well as cystoscopic findings. All participants completed our self-developed questionnaire, which included informations about their living and work environment, occupational garments, dietary habits, and personal habits. Continuous variables were compared using an independent sample t test, and categorical variables were compared using a chi-square test. We recruited 86 patients with IC/BPS and age-matched 86 controls without IC/BPS. In our study, patients with IC/BPS had more cranberry intake (45.34% vs. 5.81%, P < 0.05) than non-IC/BPS controls; the IC/BPS group had decreased consumption of coffee and spicy food; and wore less makeup or special work garments. In conclusion, patients with IC/BPS tend to make several lifestyle behavioral changes to cope with their symptoms.
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