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Understanding IC/BPS Phenotypes.....

November 20, 20232 min read

Phenotyping is a process by which patients are divided into small and specific subgroups based on symptoms.

I will be launching my new book, IC Journey to Wellness: Healing Bladder Pain Syndrome and Interstitial Cystitis in January 2024! 

Unlike other books on the topic, IC Journey to Wellness offers an in-depth exploration of phenotyping, a process by which patients are divided into small and specific subgroups based on their symptoms. Phenotypes allow for a better understanding of the causes of symptoms and aid in the development of more effective treatment plans.
In the pages of this book, you will discover:
• The nature of each phenotype
• How to identify your specific phenotypes
• Your roadmap to wellness based on your phenotypes
• Research to help you speak with your physician about modifications to your treatment plan
• Hope for healing and long-term remission 

I am excited to share with you some recent developments in the understanding and treatment of IC/BPS. Researchers and clinicians now recognize that this condition is not one-size-fits-all. We now understand that the symptoms of IC/BPS can come from the bladder, outside of the bladder, or even from the brain. To better understand Interstitial Cystitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome, it is necessary to divide patients into smaller subgroups based on their symptoms, history, and clinical findings. This process is called phenotyping and allows for a better understanding of the causes of IC/BPS, enabling clinicians to tailor treatment plans to each unique individual based on their phenotype(s).

Through this book, I aim to provide hope and help to those suffering from IC/BPS. This novel approach of breaking down the large group of IC/BPS patients into smaller subgroups is a meaningful change in how patients will be treated and ultimately find relief of symptoms. I will describe each phenotype in detail and outline clues to help you determine which phenotype best reflects your history and symptoms. Understanding what phenotype(s) you have will facilitate more targeted treatment. This information will allow you to chart a journey to wellness and symptom relief. Although there is no known cure for IC/BPS patients currently, ongoing focused research on the smaller subgroups or phenotypes provides a beacon of hope for the future. As a doctor that has cared for thousands of IC/BPS patients, I believe that this fresh approach will provide much-needed answers and relief for those struggling with this elusive condition. I hope to help newly diagnosed and long-time sufferers of IC/BPS create a roadmap to better health and well-being. Stay tuned, and I will let you know when the book is launched!

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Jill M. Peters-Gee, M.D.

Dr. Peters-Gee is a retired urologist with over 3 decades of experience treating patients with IC/BPS.

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