• sugar and incontinence
    Incontinence

    Pour A Little Sugar On

    The holidays are here. Welcome to the season awkward family photos and sugar filled delights like cranberry sauce and fudge. While those sugary snacks sure are delicious, sugar and other sweeteners can irritate your bladder and lead to leaks. We’ve got the scoop on all things sweet and leaky. It’s All The Same To Your Bladder Going down the aisles at your grocery store, you’ll likely see a lot of different kinds of sweeteners. From “all natural” or “replacement” sugars to the kind of artificial sweeteners that have been around for decades. As far as your bladder is concerned, there’s no difference between these sweeteners. Some studies even show that…

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    Incontinence

    5 Natural Ways To Laugh More & Leak Less

    If you like to keep things au natural, you’re not the only one. A lot of us women are right there with you, trying to avoid popping pills and going under the knife. If that sounds like you, our friend Marla’s got you covered with 5 tips to help you laugh more and leak less. Lily Bird over and out. Take it from here, Marla. _____________ Do you sip on fountain Diet Coke or drink coffee throughout the day? Are you a fan of putting lemon in your water? Love chocolate, spicy foods or tomato-based sauces? Has running been your favorite go-to cardio, but now you’re starting to dribble? Your…

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    Bladder Blog

    Feeling Nocturnal? Could Be Nocturia

    Ahh, sleep. I love getting into bed after a long day, ready for some much needed REM cycles. Who doesn’t? Is there anything worse than interrupting those hours of deep sleep for a bathroom break? Especially if you have to go to the bathroom multiple times a night? Peeing A Lot At Night While it sounds like a super cool name for an arch-villain or vampire, nocturia is actually the term for having to go to the bathroom multiple times at night. (So maybe it is sort of like a villain vampire). 70 million Americans, or 22% of us, wake up to pee more than once a night. And, nocturia…

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    Incontinence

    Straight Talk, All In The Family

    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. ______________ With the holidays fast approaching, we’ve got a lot of friends and family time on the calendar. Some of you may be jumping for joy at the thought. Others might want to hide under a rock. Do you sometimes feel like you’re living a secret life? Hiding that extra change of clothes…

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    Fitness,  Incontinence

    10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Kegel Exercises

    Ready to take your Kegel game to the next level? Our friend Marla is pretty much a Kegel expert who has shown lots of women how to teach their pelvic floors new tricks. Whether you’re a Kegel newbie or are already a pro, Marla’s got you covered with 10 tips to kick ’em up a notch. Take it from here, Marla. _____________ Sure, you’ve probably heard your doctor say “Do your Kegel exercises.” And while they seem easy enough, many of us women struggle to connect with this part of our bodies. I know. I taught women to do Kegel exercises in a group setting, cuing them to squeeze and…

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    Incontinence

    Backed Up & Bothered: Constipation & Leaks

    If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve experienced what it feels like to be backed up. The abdominal discomfort, physiological distress, and the urge to let go of what’s been holding you back. Yes, that’s constipation for you. However, that’s not all it brings with it. Have you ever noticed that leaks are more common when you’re stopped up? Or that it’s more difficult to poop when you’re on incontinence drugs? Let’s get down to how and why constipation and bladder leaks are connected. When you know better, you do-do better. Too soon? Clogged Pipes: What’s Up With Constipation? The official definition of constipation is having fewer than three…

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    Wonder Women

    Ballet, Bonding, & Bursting Bladders

    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 Chaya’s here to tell us how she learned just how much she and her mom have in common. _____________ When you go for a walk with someone, you can’t help matching their gait. It’s just like our unconscious mirroring of the body language of conversational partners. From a young age,…

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    Incontinence

    Entering The Void: Double Voiding

    When it comes to pesky spritz and sprinkles (a.k.a. incontinence), some of us women feel like we need to go to the bathroom all the time – even after just having been there. This can be frustrating and sometimes embarrassing if, after leaving the bathroom, you feel the need to go right back in. Have you ever left the table at a restaurant to use the bathroom, only to realize you need to pee again after going back to the table? (And when you just want to eat the pizza while it’s hot?). It’s understandable, but a little awkward. Good news: we’re here to give awkward a way forward. Welcome…

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    Incontinence

    What’s Hormones Got To Do With It?

    Oh, hormones. The signaling molecules that not only influence our mood and behavior but also regulate certain cells and tissues. To put it simply, hormones pack a lot of punch. Have you ever felt cranky and couldn’t put your finger on why? Do you ever find yourself craving chocolate during certain times of the month? And have you ever noticed that leaks are more common during one part of your cycle over the other? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you can chock it up to your hormones. Let’s dive in to what hormones have to do with incontinence. Hormones and Your Pelvic Floor As you…

  • Woman with a urinary tract infection
    Bladder Blog

    Like A Bad Friend: A UTI

    Oh, the magical world of You, Tee, and I. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? It almost sounds like a great story about a group of friends or something, huh? Well, I hate to break it to you, but we won’t be talking about anything like that. Friends are pleasant and a UTI….well it’s definitely not. If urinary tract infections (UTIs) were a friend, they’d be the type to always nag, pop up when uninvited, and scorch you just for existing. They’d definitely be the friend with all the drama. And guess what else? Women are much more likely to end up with a UTI than men. Just…