• Women in menopause
    Hormones

    Menopause 101: The Whole Picture

    Chances are, you’ve probably heard of menopause a few times. As an adolescent, you may have overheard your mother or another adult female complain about the famed ‘hot flashes’. Or even listened in as female coworkers discussed the dreaded men-o-pause among themselves. Nonetheless, it likely seemed too far away and unrelatable at the time, but now…it’s real. Aunt Flo Won’t Always Be There You and your period may have gone through a lot together over the years, but Aunt Flo isn’t always going to be there. Menopause is the end of the line, and we usually understand it as a hormonal nightmare if pop culture is to be believed. But…

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    Sex & Hormones

    Bacterial Vaginosis: A Good Vs. Bad Bacteria Balance

    You’ve likely heard of yeast infections, UTIs, and maybe even trichomoniasis, but what about bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, is the most common vaginal infection. It’s most likely to impact women during their reproductive years but can happen at any age. Keep reading to learn about this very common, but often misunderstood vaginal infection.  Healthy Vaginas Are Filled With Bacteria Now before we jump into this, I want to make it clear that healthy vaginas have bacteria. Our vaginal flora is chocked full of the bacteria, lactobacillus, which is what keeps our lovely lady parts healthy. A dash of lactic acid, a dollop of hydrogen peroxide, and…

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    Incontinence

    Cystoscopy: A Clinical Close-Up

    If someone described a cystoscope to you, you’d probably think they were talking about the selfie stick cameras kids are walking around with these days. After all, it is a thin, long tube with a camera on the end. However, this device doesn’t exactly take selfies of you and your friends. In fact, it takes pictures of your bladder and urethra during a cystoscopy. Keep reading to learn why in the world you’d need this and how exactly it’s done.  What Is Cystoscopy?  A cystoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to take a peek inside of your bladder and urethra. There are two types of cystoscopy; a rigid cystoscopy…

  • Home Remedies For UTI
    Bladder Blog

    5 Home Remedies For UTIs

    Most of us have been hanging out with our bodies for a while now so we can sense when something isn’t right. Such is the case when you have a UTI. After all, it’s hard to miss sudden lower abdominal pain, urge incontinence, and burning while you pee. Urinary tract infections account for over 6 million patient visits to the doctor per year in the USA. However, is there anything we could do to avoid a trip to the doctor? Read on to learn 5 home remedies for UTIs you may have never thought of.  And the Prize for the Most UTIs Goes To… Ladies, aren’t we lucky? We’re much…

  • Endometriosis
    Wellness

    Endometriosis: Shedding Light On Mysterious Pain

    Many of us have heard the word endometriosis thrown around a few times here and there. But chances are, if you ask someone to break down what it is, they’d have a little trouble. Heck, even doctors have trouble diagnosing this painful condition that impacts approximately 176 million women worldwide. So right here and right now, we’re going to break it down for you.  Understanding the Endometrium Before I jump into what endometriosis is, I think it’s important to address the endometrium. The endometrium, also known as endometrial lining, is sort of like wallpaper. It lines the inside of the uterus and plays a major role during the menstrual cycle…

  • Vaginal Odor
    Sex

    Vaginal Odor: What’s Normal?

    Vaginal odor. These are likely two words that were never uttered by your high school health teacher. Millions of ladies around the world learn to just figure it out, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty. No one’s really talking about it, and as a result, many of us don’t know what smell is right or wrong. Well, we’re going to uncover what you should know about the smells that are going on down yonder so you don’t have to wonder anymore.  Some Vaginal Odor Is Normal The truth is, everybody’s vagina has a smell and yours isn’t exempt. In fact, there are a whopping 2,100 odoriferous effluents (AKA scent…

  • Pelvic Pain
    Incontinence

    Exercises To Calm Frazzled Nerves & Lower Pelvic Pain

    Sometimes bladder leaks come with both emotional and physical pain. If your bladder or pelvic pain just won’t go away and its getting on your nerves, our friend Evelyn could have the answer for you. She’s a pelvic physical therapist from New York and here, she shares with us how our nerves can sometimes wreak havoc with our insides. She also has some insights for how to work with (and not against) your nerves to calm the pain. So, if you’re looking for a few tips on how to relax your nerves (and who isn’t?), then read on!  Persistent Pelvic Pain And Your Nerves If you’re experiencing pelvic pain, bladder…

  • Self-Love Self-Care
    Mind & Mood

    Self Love Is The Best Love

    This sort of goes without saying but women are superheroes. While we don’t get the fancy capes, we certainly do possess super strength. Our ability to push out babies, deal with cramps, and endure hot flashes in menopause are all superpowers if you ask me! However, we rarely celebrate ourselves. We often ensure that the needs of our loved ones come well before our own.  Since Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love and affection, let’s dedicate Valentine’s Day 2020 to appreciating ourselves. They say self-love is the best love, so keep reading to learn 8 ways to promote self-care this February.  1. Coloring Books Aren’t Just For Kids Turns…

  • woman with neurogenic bladder
    Incontinence

    Neurogenic Bladder: A Communication Breakdown

    As you probably already know, our brain and bladder have a very unique connection. When they work together, everything is good and dandy. But when they don’t, it can cause things to get a little complicated. I’m talking leaks, drips, Gotta-Go with the spritz complicated. When our brain, spinal cord, or nerves are unable to adequately communicate with the bladder, it’s sometimes due to a neurogenic bladder. A ‘What’ Bladder? So you’re probably wondering, what exactly is a “neurogenic” bladder? The word neurogenic means “caused by the nerves or nervous system.” Therefore, if the nerves that communicate with the bladder are damaged by illness or injury, then it’ll alter how…

  • Incontinence

    Rolling, Rolling, Rolling Like A River: Tips For Good Urinary Stream

    We’re all a bunch of smarty-pants over here. But to become one, you must learn from one. This week, we’re excited to learn a few things from one of the smartest women we know. Evelyn Hecht is a pelvic physical therapist from the Big Apple on a mission to help us deal with the not-so-fun things that happen when our pelvic muscles need some love. At Lily Bird we talk a lot about incontinence, but what about the other side of that coin? Read on to hear what this expert level smarty-pants has to say. It might change how you handle your next trip to the loo.  How To Tell…