• woman with bladder pacemaker
    Incontinence

    A Bladder Pacemaker: Making Nice Between Your Brain & Bladder

    Ever heard of a pacemaker? I’m sure you have because the device is fairly common, but I can bet my bottom dollar that the pacemaker you’re probably thinking of is for the heart. Over here we like to talk about the land of leaks, so the pacemaker we’re going to tell you about is actually a bladder pacemaker. Could It Be Just What You’ve Been Looking For? For a lot of women, bladder pacemakers could be the best invention since sliced bread. But, not very many women know about them. Many of us search high and a low for a solution to stop leaks from interfering with our everyday lives.…

  • woman eating vitamins and minerals for bladder health
    Incontinence

    Vitamins & Minerals For A Happier Bladder

    Most multivitamin brands boast about their ability to improve our skin, nails, bones, and hair, which are some amazing perks. However, did you know that vitamins and minerals have an impact on our bladder health, too? Sometimes those leaks and drips are the result of you missing a few key ingredients that are needed to keep your bladder happy and healthy. Keep reading to learn about the key vitamins and minerals your body needs to have great urinary health. Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12, sometimes referred to as cobalamin, helps in lowering the risk of heart disease, creating new red blood cells and DNA, breaking down fatty acids and protecting nerve…

  • woman with fistula
    Incontinence

    Fistula: Bladder Leaks & Beyond

    Here on The Chirp we talk a lot about the causes of bladder leaks (aka incontinence) for women in developed countries. But we love broadening our perspectives here at Lily Bird and understanding the experiences of all women. So, today our friends from Beyond Fistula will share a different a common cause of bladder leaks in developing countries: the fistula. Take it from here, Nell. _____________ What Is A Fistula? Ever heard of an obstetric fistula? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. A fistula is a hole in a woman’s reproductive tract that results from a prolonged, obstructed labor. A few different situations make a difficult labor way more likely.…

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    Sleep

    6 Natural Ways To Stay Energized Without Caffeine

    If midlife (and beyond) has you feeling tired or sluggish, you’re not the only one. The insomnia that often comes with menopause can make things worse, not to mention all those things on your to do list that aren’t going to cross themselves off. If you’re feeling like you could use a little energy boost but are tired of grabbing for another cup of coffee, our friend Stephanie has you covered with 6 natural ways to stay energized. Take it from here, Stephanie. _____________ When our energy levels start to diminish, many of us usually pump ourselves up with caffeine and sugar to get us through the day. We may…

  • asian middle aged woman
    Incontinence

    5 Ways To Exercise Your Pelvic Floor Without Changing Your Routine

    If you’re dealing with bladder leaks (a.k.a. incontinence) or are having issues like painful sex, then you’ve probably heard about your pelvic floor muscles once or twice. These muscles create a sling in your lower pelvis and provide support to your internal organs. Strengthening these pelvic floor muscles is pretty important to keep bladder leaks at bay, especially as we age. We want to keep everything in one place, after all, and avoid pelvic prolapse. However, working out these muscles is a little different from, say, lifting weights at the gym. So, we’re going to teach you how to move it, move it. Keep reading to learn how you can…

  • hormone replacement therapy woman
    Hormones

    Hormone Replacement Therapy 101

    Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, are medications that include, well, hormones. Fluctuating hormones, like your estrogen dropping during menopause, is normal for everyone. But the fluctuations may leave you feeling lousy. For example, lower estrogen causes a lot of the symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes. In addition to leveling out your hormone levels, hormone replacement therapy can prevent bone loss for post-menopausal women and provides other benefits, too. Though, it isn’t right for everyone and there are some risk you should consider before making a final decision. Isn’t There Some Hormone Replacement Therapy Controversy? Let’s be honest. There’s controversy in a lot of things. Some people think it’s not…

  • woman doing biofeedback
    Incontinence

    Biofeedback: Your Pelvic Floor’s Leg Up

    If you’re one of the millions of women worldwide having to deal with bladder leaks, then you’ve probably tried out a lot of different techniques to get those leaks to take a break. Exercising your pelvic floor is one such technique to help out with incontinence. Plus, it helps prevent pelvic prolapse and even makes bedroom activities more fun for all. Pelvic floor exercises can definitely work, but they’re a little more tricky than they might sound on paper.   So how do you know you’re doing pelvic floor exercises correctly? Your Pelvic Floor Let’s take a step back and talk about your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor is a…

  • woman wiht multiple sclerosis and incontinence
    Incontinence

    Multiple Sclerosis: Disrupting Brain-To-Bladder Communication

    Bladder leaks are never something we look forward to during the day, but for those with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), bladder leaks can be even more of a challenge. If you have Multiple Sclerosis, then you know that it results in damaged nerves. These are the very nerves in charge of sending messages to your muscles. So as a consequence, your muscles are more difficult to control. In fact, according to the National MS Society, about 80% of people diagnosed with MS also suffer with bladder function to some degree. The Link Between Multiple Sclerosis and Leaks What does Multiple Sclerosis have to do with bladder leaks? Well, when your bladder…

  • women with menopause brain fog
    Mind & Mood

    When Menopause Brain Fog Rolls In

    Raise your hand if you’ve experienced a lack of focus and mental clarity, poor concentration, or slower decision-making since menopause showed up. If yes, then that is what we call menopause brain fog. Menopause brain fog is a real thing, and we’re here to give you a few tips on how to manage it. So, What Is The Menopause Brain Fog? Historically, women have complained about a certain mental block that seems to occur around the time of menopause. Some report having a hard time thinking, as well as difficulty concentrating. Frustratingly, a lot of women have had their worries dismissed over the years, and only recently has proper research…

  • woman with incontinence
    Incontinence

    10 Bladder Leak Terms You’ll Definitely Want To Know

    Trying to manage bladder leaks in everyday life can be frustrating. But learning more about them is a whole different can of worms. Doctors and web articles use lots of medical terms that fly over most of our heads. What exactly is incontinence? What do they mean by bladder training? Is voiding as scary as it sounds? All those questions and more are answered here as we share 10 words or phrases that you’ll definitely want to know if you’ve got bladder leaks. Pelvic Floor It’s like a hammock The pelvic floor are muscles at the bottom of the pelvic area. They act like a sling to support your internal…