• woman getting good sleep in menopause
    Sleep

    10 Sleep Hacks For Menopause

    If you’re going through menopause, then you already know first hand the problems that come with it. Hot flashes and mood swings are one thing, but did anyone warn you about those sleepless nights? Insomnia, or not being able to sleep, is a big issue that comes with menopause. We just don’t talk about it as much! We’re finally giving it the attention it’s due. As a follow up to our recent piece on insomnia in menopause, we’re back with 10 sleep hacks for good sleep hygiene in menopause. We’ll get you from counting sheep to catching your zzz’s in a jiffy. 1. Cut The Caffeine, Alcohol, & Nicotine There…

  • pelvic floor physical therapy woman
    Incontinence

    Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Work It, Girl

    Riddle me this. What cradles our organs like a hammock and provides support for bowel and bladder control? Cues jeopardy music. Okay, okay, if you guessed the pelvic floor muscles, then you’re right. In addition to providing stellar support, it also helps out with sexual arousal and even achieving the infamous o-face. So in short, your pelvic floor is a big deal. However, sometimes our pelvic floor doesn’t perform the way we want it to and this happens for a variety of reasons. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and more can loosen things up a bit. A loose pelvic floor can, in turn, lead to pain, bladder leaks (aka incontinence), and a…

  • woman fighting incontinence stigma
    Incontinence

    5 Ways To Fight Bladder Leak Stigma

    Stigma is defined as the disapproval of or discrimination against someone based on something about them. Do you ever feel stigmatized because of your unruly bladder? Do you maybe even stigmatize yourself? The stigma surrounding bladder leaks started a long time ago when our parents potty trained us. Our parents taught us that peeing on yourself was bad so since then, we’ve tried to avoid it like the plague. But life happens. Childbirth happens. Injuries happen and so…leaks may happen too. And they happen to the best of us. It can be difficult to think beyond a stigmatized condition, urinary incontinence being one. So how can we empower ourselves and…

  • woman contemplating bladder sling surgery
    Incontinence

    What The Mesh: Contemplating Bladder Sling Surgery

    Let’s talk about sling. No, I’m not talking about Sling TV or a sling shot. I’m talking about bladder sling surgery. When the occasional spritz and drip has become too much to handle, sometimes doctors will suggest bladder sling surgery. But when is too much? And hasn’t there been a lot of controversy about this kind of surgery? I won’t leave you slinging (hanging, get it?), so keep reading to learn more. (A quick note before we dive in: the FDA banned the use of transvaginal mesh for repairing pelvic prolapse as of April 16, 2019. However, bladder sling surgery is a bit different and is the main focus of…

  • insomnia during menopause
    Sleep

    Insomnia During Menopause: Why Can’t I Sleep?

    Ahh, midlife. The kids are all grown up. You finally feel like you’ve got things on lock down. But then menopause steps in to throw a wrench into your plans. We’ve talked about menopause a little bit before. Mainly how it impacts the bladder and can interfere with sex. But did you know that one of the earliest signs of menopause is insomnia? Let’s take a look at how menopause can affect your sleep cycle, shall we? The Skinny on Life During Menopause, Besides Insomnia As you probably already know, menopause occurs when our body decides to cease the baby-making process. It typically happens between 40 and 60 years old.…

  • woman with depression and incontinence
    Incontinence

    Down In The Dumps: Depression & Incontinence

    Here at Lily Bird we like to bring in the heavy hitters so you all get expertise and advice from the best of the best. That’s because telling your bladder who’s boss is better as a team sport. This week’s article is from our friends at the National Center for Continence. Thanks to Sarah for the collaboration. ______________ Depression & Incontinence Are Linked You know the feeling – you’re having an off day, you can’t get motivated, you’re feeling a bit down. We’ve all been there. But then imagine those feelings multiplied by 1,000. And imagine not being able to turn those feelings around. Depression is a real thing. It…

  • stress incontinence when jumping
    Incontinence

    Stress Incontinence: Everything You Need To Know

    Do you know any moms who jump on their kids’ trampoline? I don’t. Most of us avoid it like the plague. If sneezing, coughing, laughing, or jumping brings on unexpected leaks, you’re in the right place. We’ve got everything you need to know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for stress incontinence. What Is Stress Incontinence, You Say? If you’re wondering, “what is stress incontinence?” then you’re in the right place. Stress incontinence is one of several types of incontinence. It’s the kind where a little bit of pressure on the bladder from laughing or jumping on a trampoline can cause an unexpected spritz. It’s like a random person who…

  • Wonder Women

    A Story About Having To GO

    Here at Lily Bird, we feature personal stories written by smarty pants women from our community. That’s because telling your bladder who’s boss is better as a team sport. These women get you. They’re in your corner. And they’re here to remind you that your body isn’t broken. Hey, bodies age, bladders leak, and movie sequels bomb. Right? This week Rebecca’s here to tell us about all the weird places she’s peed during a lifetime of frequent urination issues, stemming from trauma and exacerbated by substance abuse (she’s now sober). _____________ It is a rare occurrence when I don’t have to pee. I’ve never worried about frequent urination as an…

  • staying social with incontinence
    Incontinence

    Spilling The Tea on Staying Social With Leaks

    Isn’t it amazing how 25 to 45 percent of us women deal with bladder leaks but somehow we still feel alone? It’s because  leaks are still considered a taboo topic that warrant side eyes, raised brows, and whispers. So we don’t tell anybody. We don’t tell our doctors, our family, or our friends, and we live in silence. And as a result, we stop doing the  things that we enjoy. But do we really have to? Coping Strategies for Staying Social Your social life shouldn’t come to a stop because of a little spritz every now and again. But we know that’s way easier said than done. Let’s keep you…

  • seasonal allergies makes incontinence worse
    Incontinence

    Surviving Seasonal Allergies: As Carefree As A Zyrtec Commercial

    We can all appreciate that spring is on the way, especially if you’ve experienced a bitter, cold winter or more rain than you ever thought could fall from the sky. But, warmer temperatures and blossoming flowers brings with them a few friends. Dare I say, pollen? Dust mites, is that you? In all seriousness, seasonal allergies are a real bother, especially if you feel like you have to cross your legs every time you sneeze to keep the drips and dribbles in instead of running down your leg (ugh, incontinence). Fortunately, there are a few ways to control leaks so that having seasonal allergies is as carefree as a Zyrtec…