• diabetes and incontinence
    Incontinence

    Diabetes & Leaks: Connecting Sugar And Spritz

    Some health issues seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But a lot less delicious, of course. And bladder leaks are no different. If you need to know where the bathroom is everywhere you go or are you barely making it to the bathroom once you get the urge and you also have diabetes, you’re not alone. There is a connection between diabetes and incontinence. While the exact link between the two is unknown, I’ll shed some light on some possible reasons why leakage is more common for diabetics. What is Diabetes? Did you know that there are several types of diabetes? When most people talk about diabetes,…

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    Wonder Women

    An Unlikely Audience: Our Littles

    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 Lindsay’s here to combat the stigma around leaks by talking to an unlikely audience…our kids. Take it away, Lindsay. _____________ “Mom, why do you cross your legs every time you sneeze?” my 5-year-old daughter asked innocently. Is it that obvious?, I wondered silently to myself. My daughter doesn’t miss a…

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    Mind & Mood

    Meditation 101: Joining The Woo-Sah Wave

    If you aren’t a meditation guru already, then you’re probably visualizing a cross-legged Buddhist monk in the mountains,  sitting extremely upright with their palms facing up. Lesson one of meditation: that’s called the lotus position. But, meditation is a lot more than tangling your legs into a pretzel while chanting “ohmmm.” It’s becoming popular but it’s also highly misunderstood, just like an angsty teenager. Fortunately, we’re here to help a sister out. We’ll teach you what it is and how it can help you. After all, in case you haven’t heard, anxiety and leaks kind of go together like PB&J or Sunny and Cher. And knowing a little meditation might…

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    Incontinence

    Anxiety and Leaks: Keep Calm and Carry-On

    I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “I was so scared I almost peed my pants” or the infamous, “that scared the poop (you know the other word) out of me!” Turns out, the sayings are quite literal. There is an interesting relationship between anxiety and leaks. Not only does anxiety turn on your sprinkler systems, but leaks can amp up your anxiety and cause you to leak MORE. Talk about a double whammy. So at this point, you’re probably wondering why being anxious or stressed gives you the urge to go. Relax your pelvic floor as I uncover what leaks and anxiety have to do with each other. We’re Scared…

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    Incontinence

    Running With It

    The New Year is here, which means a lot of you are breaking out your running shoes, and prepping your gym bag. You’re excited to go to the gym, and you’re ready to increase your strength and endurance. You’ve got this. 💪 But, for a lot of us women, the thought of going to the gym – or going for a run – is stressful because of bladder leaks. Running means jostling your bladder, which may not take kindly to your new workout routine. Here at Lily Bird, we’re here to help you do you, and that includes being as active as your heart desires. Below, we’ve shared our top…

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    Musings

    Happy New Year From Lily Bird

    Whether you’re holding on to the last wisps of 2018 or are ready to kick it out into the cold and slam the door, we’ve got your back. Happy New Year from Lily Bird! Are you a resolution-maker? We’ve got some exciting plans for 2019 and we hope you do too. Stay tuned for a big announcement coming your way in the next few weeks. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to recently.

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    Bladder Blog

    Interstitial Cystitis – A Painful Bladder Woe

    When you think of a spasming bladder, what’s the first thing that comes to mind. Whoaaa or woe? Chances are, you probably think of both. Interstitial cystitis, which is a mouthful to say by the way, is a confusing and painful bladder condition. To make matters worse, it’s kind of hard to diagnose and to date, there’s no known cure. Nonetheless, it’s a condition that deserves some attention. Interstitial cystitis affects about 3 to 8 million American women, and fellas aren’t excluded from it either. While it’s traditionally been known as a women’s disease, both sexes are susceptible to its challenges. Wait…Pee How Many Times? If you’ve read some of…

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    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…