• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Incontinence

    The Doctor Is Ready To See You Now

    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. ______________ Talking about incontinence is hard. Like, really hard. We understand that it can be embarrassing to bring up. But if there’s anyone who understands, it’s your doctor. She has likely counseled many women before you and knows the toll unexpected leaks can take. So it’s time to put your fears aside and…

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    Bladder Blog

    7 Natural Remedies For UTIs

    In the last few years, holistic healing has become all the rage. You’re probably interested in it too and might not even know it. Think about it. I bet you’ve felt sick before and tried to think of ways you can “naturally” remedy the situation. You probably thought about the old (and sometimes bizarre) remedies your parents or grandparents used to tell you about…that actually worked. But did they ever mention any natural remedies for UTIs (urinary tract infections)? Probably not. Good news: we’ve got you covered. 7 Natural Remedies For UTIs UTI’s suck. They burn, sting, and sometimes they even stink, which is why this topic is so important.…

  • woman with hypertonic pelvic floor muscles
    Incontinence

    Strong Armstrong: When Your Pelvic Floor Goes Hypertonic

    Around here we talk a lot about pelvic floors being loosey goosey. So would you believe me if I told you that your pelvic floor can become too tight? Turns out, it’s pretty darn possible. You might hear it called pelvic floor hypertonia or a hypertonic pelvic floor. I know we’re always told to practice our Kegels so we can snapback, but sometimes the desired snapback is actually a clap back. When The Snapback Goes Wrong If you deal with the occasional spritz, you’ve probably been told or read somewhere that you should try Kegels. Next thing you know you’re doing Kegels everywhere. You’re secretly squeezing your pelvic floor muscles…