Severe IC/PBS symptoms can significantly affect patients’ day-to-day lives. Because of IC/PBS, patients may have problems with their social life, job, family, and romantic relationships. The increased frequency and urgency of urination mean that those suffering from IC/PBS have to be constantly near a toilet and often get less sleep than those without IC/PBS. A 2009 study by the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder (COB) Foundation found that:
- 61% of respondents said that the worst thing about living with IC/PBS was the pain
- 94% of respondents have suffered from depression at some point due to their IC/PBS.
- Furthermore nearly half of total respondents said they frequently suffer from depression due to their condition
- 82% of respondents said IC/PBS has an effect on their general mood
- 95% of respondents have suffered from sleep problems at some point due to their condition with 69% regularly or severely suffering from sleep deprivation due to their condition
- 69% of respondents have experienced problems with intimacy with their partner due to their IC/PBS with 51% of total respondents regularly or severely suffering intimacy problems
- 80% of respondents said IC/PBS has an effect on their social life and 84% said it affects their travel / holiday plans