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Using sodium bicarbonate for Interstitial Cystitis symptoms.

Sodium bicarbonate for Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a well-known trick to help with symptoms. Also known as Bladder Pain Syndrome, IC/BPS is a chronic condition that affects the bladder and pelvic area.

It can cause pain and discomfort, and disrupts urinary functions, resulting in urinary urgency and frequency. For most people, it takes a multipoint approach to manage IC/BPS symptoms. Learn more about IC flares and how to find comfort.

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has many therapeutic benefits for people with IC/BPS. In this article, we’ll explore the science behind sodium bicarbonate and its potential for IC/BPS.

All about sodium bicarbonate.

Listen to Femetry’s own Dr. Jennifer Anger discuss the many benefits of sodium bicarbonate.

The fundamentals of IC/BPS.

First, let’s look at the nature of IC/BPS. While IC/BPS affects millions in the US alone, we still don’t know what causes this condition. In fact, doctors often struggle to diagnose and treat IC/BPS. This condition actually mimics several other conditions, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder cancer, and endometriosis.

Chronic inflammation of the bladder lining often accompanies IC/BPS. Common symptoms include pelvic pain, urinary urgency, and urinary frequency. Severity, duration, and symptoms vary from person to person, which makes treatment difficult.

Many people have found success through lifestyle changes, conventional medications, and soothing pelvic floor physical therapy. Additionally, some individuals find relief by exploring alternative and complementary approaches, like adding sodium bicarbonate into their routine.

The alkalizing power of sodium bicarbonate.

Sodium bicarbonate is an odorless white powder that has alkaline properties. This means it has the natural ability to neutralize acids. In the context of IC/BPS, patients have discovered that eating and drinking certain acidic foods and beverages cause IC flares.

An IC flare is a sudden worsening of symptoms. A flare could last anywhere from a few hours to a few months with varying degrees of severity.

Sodium bicarbonate could help by reducing the acidity in the urine. Highly acidic urine can irritate the bladder and cause an array of unpleasant symptoms for an IC/BPS sufferer. It may also help soothe the irritated bladder lining that people commonly associate with IC/BPS. As a result, it could alleviate some of the discomfort.

Balancing pH Levels.
The acidity of urine can play a significant role in worsening IC symptoms. While the cause of IC/BPS is unknown, one theory suggests individuals may have lower urinary pH levels. A weak bladder wall can easily get irritated, causing symptoms like needing to pee often and urgently.

Sodium bicarbonate could be useful in helping to balance out the pH levels in the urine. The results: a more alkaline environment that is less irritating to the bladder.

Did you know…

Sodium bicarbonate has many uses, including athletic performance, body odor, and indigestion.

Potential benefits of sodium bicarbonate for Interstitial Cystitis.

When using sodium bicarbonate for IC/BPS, there are many potential benefits. Here are a few you may know and some that may surprise you:

  • Soothes inflammation: Sodium bicarbonate’s unique ability to help neutralize acids may contribute to easing inflammation in the bladder. This soothes general pelvic discomfort, a huge burden of IC/BPS.
  • Eases discomfort: Sodium bicarbonate has alkalizing properties, which can result in soothing discomfort from IC/BPS. It helps reduce the acid in urine, which eases bladder irritation and creates a comfortable bladder environment.
  • Helps improve bladder function: Sodium bicarbonate has soothing effects on the bladder lining, which could contribute to improved bladder function. As mentioned above, two common and bothersome symptoms of IC are urinary urgency and frequency.
  • Supports absorption of medicine: Some medications can better be absorbed in an alkaline environment. By including sodium bicarbonate into the treatment plan, people may experience better results in their overall symptom management.

Easy ways to take sodium bicarbonate for IC/BPS.

Baking soda is available at any grocery store. You may be wondering the best way to take it to help with your IC/BPS symptoms. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Supplements: Many IC/BPS patients simply dilute sodium bicarbonate in water and gulp it down.
  • Baking soda baths: A common way to soothe an IC flare is by adding sodium bicarbonate to warm bathwater. This creates a non-invasive, alkaline environment to help with discomfort and can easily be incorporated into your self-care routine.
  • Bladder instillations: Some healthcare providers administer sodium bicarbonate directly into the bladder through a process known as bladder instillation. This targeted approach aims to deliver the benefits of sodium bicarbonate directly to the affected area.

Always talk to your doctor before using sodium bicarbonate to manage IC/BPS symptoms. People with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, should be cautious about their salt intake and electrolyte levels.

The quest for relief.

When you have IC/BPS, exploring alternative approaches can be empowering. There is still a lot we don’t know about the condition, but it’s important to stay updated on new treatments. Remember that results can be different for everyone and that your body is special.

Sodium bicarbonate has long since been an effective solution for helping with acid within the body. For IC/BPS, it may be a valuable addition to your holistic approach to managing this challenging condition.

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  1. Is sodium bicarbonate good for Interstitial Cystitis?
    1. Sodium bicarbonate may help with Interstitial Cystitis by neutralizing urine acid that may irritate the bladder wall. Many people use sodium bicarbonate to soothe pain and discomfort during an IC flare.
  2. What does sodium bicarbonate do to urine?
    1. Sodium bicarbonate is most commonly known as baking soda. It increases the pH and citrate in urine, lessening the acidic nature and making the urine more alkaline.
  3. Why does baking soda calm the bladder?
    1. Baking soda helps to reduce the acid in the urine in your bladder. This can help soothe the irritation and discomfort people with sensitive bladders may experience.
  4. What is the difference between sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate?
    1. The difference lies in the chemical composition of each substance. Sodium carbonate consists of sodium, carbon, and oxygen. It is commonly used for soaps, washing detergents, and paper. However, sodium bicarbonate consists of sodium, acid, and hydrogen. People commonly refer to it as baking soda and it is safe to ingest.
  5. How often do you take sodium bicarbonate for Interstitial Cystitis?
    1. Some people take sodium bicarbonate 2-3 times a day when they experience an IC flare. Take 1-2 tablets of Femetry’s Bladder Acid Control before consuming acidic food and drinks. If discomfort persists, we suggest taking a third tablet.

Bladder Acid Control

Bladder Acid Control Femetry

Bladder Acid Control contains 50% more calcium glycerophosphate per tablet than another leading brand, plus the addition of sodium bicarbonate. That means you get more acid-reducing power (and can perhaps take less tablets) to achieve the desired effectiveness.

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