People who suffer from severe IC (Interstitial Cystitis) Disease may benefit from mild electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves.
The sacral nerves, which are located near the base of the spinal cord in the lower back, control the bladder, bowel and pelvic organs. By stimulating the nerves, physicians can often control bladder function.
Symptoms of IC include bladder pain, urinary urgency, day and night urinary frequency (up to 60 times per 24-hour period), suprapubic (lower abdominal) or perineal (the area between scrotum and anus in men; vagina and anus in women) pain and pressure. IC can also lead to pain during sexual intercourse.