• how to talk to your doctor about bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    Eh, What’s Up Doc?

    As you’re sitting in front of your doctor under the eerie fluorescent lights, you begin to shift on the exam table. You’re twiddling your thumbs, wondering if you should tell them about the spontaneous spritz you’ve been experiencing lately. You ask yourself, “is it really that big of a deal?” and brush it off as something to bring up next time. Then next time comes around and you push it off once more. Or maybe you’ve never thought to tell your doctor about your leaks about it in the first place. Maybe you’ve chalked it up as a natural part of aging and have found your own solutions. (But wads…

  • mom with incontinence hiking
    Wonder Women

    When Every Day Is A Mix Of Emotions

    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 our good friend Liz gets real about pelvic prolapse, leaking, and coming to terms with her postpartum body. _____________ Hi; I’m Liz. The first thing that comes to mind if you were to ask me what I did today would be that I peed myself. Yes, that, over an awesome…

  • incontinence beach
    Incontinence

    Own The Throne (And Your Bad Habits)

    Here at Lily Bird we feature 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? If you’re ready to stop praying to the porcelain gods, our friend Marla is here with advice that will help you own the throne. _____________ A long-distance car ride, or even tent camping, always reminds me how much that little organ known as the bladder controls my life. Those activities often trigger “just…

  • Wonder Women

    When Leaks Become Rich And Famous

    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? Sumita’s got us covered this week with a story about what happens when leaks get their 15 minutes of fame. _____________ Okay… I’ll confess. I love being called a hotshot editor. And, why not?! After all, I’m heading one of the most popular film and glamor magazines in the country. So obviously,…

  • a menstural pad isn't a great option for incontinence
    Incontinence Products

    Why That Pantyliner Is A Terrible Idea

    When you first experience a bladder leak, it’s easy to mistake it for your run-of-the-mill vaginal discharge. And a quick check underneath the sink will produce a pantyliner or menstrual pad, sending you on your merry way on that leisurely bike ride you have planned. Until you realize that the pantyliner isn’t doing the job, and it’s actually your bladder leaking. It may be tempting to upgrade to a maxi pad to help with incontinence, but we’ve got the scoop on why that isn’t your best bet for telling your bladder who’s boss. 3 Reasons To Swap Out That Pantyliner We’ve got you covered with the top 3 reasons why…

  • There are lots of ways to treat vaginal dryness
    Sex

    How To Remedy The Drought

    Let’s go ahead and put it out there: vaginal dryness is a nuisance. That’s right, I said it! Dry subjects don’t require dry explanations, so I thought I’d just jump right into this one. Yes, vaginal dryness is a thing and yes, most women experience it, BUT…there are definitely options to treat vaginal dryness. Whether vaginal dryness is occurring because of hormonal changes or as a result of your medication, there’s a remedy to improve the waterfall. However, the treatment depends on the cause. When Medications Are The Cause Did you know that antidepressants cause vaginal dryness? A few studies found that 30 to 70 percent of individuals that take…

  • Woman with vaginal dryness
    Sex

    On Vaginal Dryness: When The Lake Becomes Dry

    What’s one topic that we rarely talk about with our girlfriends, significant others, or even our gynecologists? Got an idea? I’ll give you a hint. It’s something that ALL women experience but keep on the hush hush. Okay, I’ll share one more hint. The topic is sometimes called the “the last menopause taboo.” Have you figured it out yet? If not, I’ll tell you what it is, but you have to promise to keep reading. The topic that I’m referring to is vaginal dryness and it’s easily one of the least talked about experiences among women. We’d rather talk about hot flashes, night sweats, and even bladder leaks, but we…

  • woman with incontinence on subway
    Incontinence

    The Case Against Just In Case Peeing

    Here at Lily Bird we feature 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? If your mama ever told you to “go, pee, just in case,” then our friend Marla is here to tell you why sometimes it’s a good idea to ignore mom’s advice. _____________ Do you ever go to the bathroom and then find yourself there again 10 minutes later because you’re heading out on…

  • akanksha incontinence
    Wonder Women

    What Peeing Into A Bottle Can Teach Us All

    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 Akanksha’s here to tell us what peeing into a bottle can teach us all. _____________ It started on a drive from White Plains to Brooklyn. My sister and her fiancé were in the front two seats and the last rest-stop was half an hour ago. I’d started the morning (like…

  • skin irritation from urine leaks can be embarrassing
    Incontinence

    What’s Red And Scaly And Dry And Bumpy All Over?

    Sit, drip, sting, cringe! If you’re dealing with bladder leaks, this might be a scenario that’s familiar to you. One moment you’re minding your business and the next, it’s like “oh, bother!” Do you know what I’m talking about? Depending on your answer, you’re either wearing the perplexed face right now or nodding your head in agreement. Either way, I’ve got some deets to share. I’m about to shed light on a little secret that comes with incontinence. Are you ready? I’ll take “What’s Skin Irritation From Urine Leakage?” for $100 Rashes suck. They’re red, scaly, dry, and bumpy – the perfect combination of annoying. And if you’ve ever had…