A common condition in men & women of all ages, worldwide, with high incidence in women
BPS/IC is found in all countries around the world and in all races. However, prevalence figures vary enormously from study to study and country to country and depend on what criteria and definitions have been used for diagnosis, what diagnostic methods have been used to reach the diagnosis and how big the population is in the study.
BPS/IC is mainly found in women (+ 80-90%). Approximately 10- 20% of BPS/IC patients are men who may, in the past, have been incorrectly diagnosed as having nonbacterial prostatitis.
Symptoms are equally common in White, Black and Hispanic individuals. They are more common than suggested by coded physician diagnoses.
A publication evaluates the prevalence of BPS/IC to be 300 per 100,000 women.