• summer hammock with bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    Simplifying Summer Spritz

    Summer spritz. No, we don’t mean a fancy drink. (That’s a spritzer, right?). We mean those pesky bladder leaks that can make summertime less fun and more of a drag. Leaks aside, summer is usually pretty great. The sun’s out, kids are out of school, and adventure awaits. But planning out every little detail in advance to avoid the stress of bladder leaks just leads to more stress. And adding panty liners to the mix isn’t always enough (or even a good idea). We get it. You want to get out there to enjoy the sun. Thankfully, we have a few tips and tricks to help you navigate through the…

  • woman with a hysterectomy
    Incontinence,  Menopause

    When Breaking Up With Your Uterus Brings On Dribble Dilemmas

    Hysterectomy. Ladies, we’ve all heard this word. Maybe you overheard an older woman talk about it in your youth or one of your friends has opened up to you about having one. It’s one of those things where someone mutters the word once and then it becomes… “you know, that one thing I was talking about.” Yep, a hysterectomy falls on the long list of taboo women’s health topics that are usually on the hush-hush. But you know how we are with those types of subjects. There’s no such thing as a taboo or TMI here at Lily Bird. So, keep reading to learn what a hysterectomy is, why they’re…

  • woman with bladder control product
    Incontinence

    Your Guide To Finding The Perfect Bladder Control Product

    If you’ve ever dealt with bladder leaks, then you know how living with leaks can feel like tricky business. If you’re always keeping an eye out for the nearest bathroom or are too afraid to step foot outside the house for fear of random drips and spritz, then it may be time to consider a bladder control product. (And no, these are *not* the same as period pads and pantyliners!) Finding The Perfect Bladder Control Product Truth be told, there are plenty of products out there. From pads to pessaries, there’s a bladder control product that will work for you. Promise. But how do you pick the best one for…

  • incontinence medication
    Incontinence

    Popping Pills: Incontinence Medication For Leaks

    Bladder leaks can be a tough pill to swallow. They’re stressful, exhausting, and can be downright embarrassing. If you worry constnatly about your next bathroom break, it’s hard to enjoy life’s moments. Missing out on what you used to enjoy doing can be a real buzzkill. The good news is that there are plenty of options for women with leaks and overactive bladders. We’ve already talked about all sorts of solutions that don’t involve popping pills. Those include things like bladder training and Kegels to reducing bladder irritants and using an absorbent product. But for some ladies, incontinence medication can help too. If you’re ready to try incontinence medication, here…

  • 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…