• The Knack
    Incontinence

    The Knack: A Clever Bladder Leak Hack

    Ladies, I want to let you in on a little secret that just might help you the next time you get that “gotta-go” feeling. This trick doesn’t require any surgery or special equipment. It just requires your full attention and willingness to learn. So keep reading to learn more about this pelvic floor power-up called ‘The Knack’. It just might help you say goodbye to leaks for good.  What Is “The Knack”? Have you ever heard someone say “I’m getting the knack of it?” It’s a phrase used when someone is talking about gaining a skill to perform a specific task. In the bladder world though, ‘The Knack’ means something…

  • woman with underactive bladder
    Incontinence

    Underactive Bladder: The Opposite Of Gotta-Go

    Most of us have heard of an overactive bladder (OAB), but did you know there’s such a thing as an underactive bladder? Chances are, probably not. The media spends much more time showing us what “gotta-go, gotta-gotta-go, gotta-go right now” looks like due to how common OAB is. However, underactive bladder, or UAB, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Here, we’re going to unravel what underactive bladder is all about and what you can do about it. What is an Underactive Bladder? As you might’ve imagined, an underactive bladder is the opposite of an overactive bladder. So, instead of having the frequent urge to urinate, you strain to even make…

  • Woman treating stress incontinence
    Incontinence

    Treating Stress Incontinence: 5 Solutions To Consider

    Is stress incontinence causing you to feel a little stressed out these days? If yes, then we’ve got something that we think could help. Read on to learn about 5 options for treating stress incontinence so you can tell your bladder who’s boss.  Stress Incontinence Recap Before we jump into how to treat stress incontinence, we’ll recap what it is. Stress incontinence is one of several types of incontinence, but it’s unique in that a little pressure can cause a lot of drip. Someone with this condition who puts physical stress on their bladder from laughing, coughing, lifting, etc., may experience the unintentional loss of urine. You can thank your pelvic…

  • Cystoscopy Doctor
    Incontinence

    Cystoscopy: A Clinical Close-Up

    If someone described a cystoscope to you, you’d probably think they were talking about the selfie stick cameras kids are walking around with these days. After all, it is a thin, long tube with a camera on the end. However, this device doesn’t exactly take selfies of you and your friends. In fact, it takes pictures of your bladder and urethra during a cystoscopy. Keep reading to learn why in the world you’d need this and how exactly it’s done.  What Is Cystoscopy?  A cystoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to take a peek inside of your bladder and urethra. There are two types of cystoscopy; a rigid cystoscopy…

  • Pelvic Pain
    Incontinence

    Exercises To Calm Frazzled Nerves & Lower Pelvic Pain

    Sometimes bladder leaks come with both emotional and physical pain. If your bladder or pelvic pain just won’t go away and its getting on your nerves, our friend Evelyn could have the answer for you. She’s a pelvic physical therapist from New York and here, she shares with us how our nerves can sometimes wreak havoc with our insides. She also has some insights for how to work with (and not against) your nerves to calm the pain. So, if you’re looking for a few tips on how to relax your nerves (and who isn’t?), then read on!  Persistent Pelvic Pain And Your Nerves If you’re experiencing pelvic pain, bladder…

  • woman with neurogenic bladder
    Incontinence

    Neurogenic Bladder: A Communication Breakdown

    As you probably already know, our brain and bladder have a very unique connection. When they work together, everything is good and dandy. But when they don’t, it can cause things to get a little complicated. I’m talking leaks, drips, Gotta-Go with the spritz complicated. When our brain, spinal cord, or nerves are unable to adequately communicate with the bladder, it’s sometimes due to a neurogenic bladder. A ‘What’ Bladder? So you’re probably wondering, what exactly is a “neurogenic” bladder? The word neurogenic means “caused by the nerves or nervous system.” Therefore, if the nerves that communicate with the bladder are damaged by illness or injury, then it’ll alter how…

  • Incontinence

    Rolling, Rolling, Rolling Like A River: Tips For Good Urinary Stream

    We’re all a bunch of smarty-pants over here. But to become one, you must learn from one. This week, we’re excited to learn a few things from one of the smartest women we know. Evelyn Hecht is a pelvic physical therapist from the Big Apple on a mission to help us deal with the not-so-fun things that happen when our pelvic muscles need some love. At Lily Bird we talk a lot about incontinence, but what about the other side of that coin? Read on to hear what this expert level smarty-pants has to say. It might change how you handle your next trip to the loo.  How To Tell…

  • Kegel Weights
    Incontinence

    Kegel Weights: An Exercise Your Trainer Can’t Help With

    As women, our pelvic floor muscles take some pretty heavy punches, so it’s only right that we start to defend ourselves. Between pregnancy, childbirth, and good ol’ menopause, the pelvic floor loses some of the strength and elasticity that it once had. However, we don’t have to just sit there and let it happen. We can do something about it! Check out this piece on how Kegel weights can make your pelvic floor muscles the GOAT (greatest of all time).  What in the World Are They? If you’re anything like me, then the first time you heard the words “Kegel balls” or “Kegel weights” your brows sort of went up.…

  • Bladder Prolapse
    Incontinence

    Bladder Prolapse: A Real Explanation

    What is Bladder Prolapse? I have a feeling that most school vocabulary tests didn’t include the word “prolapse,” but not to worry, because we’ve got you covered. The word prolapse literally means ‘falling out of place.’ And if you toss the word bladder in front of that, then you’ve got a bladder falling out of place. The medical world refers to this condition as cystocele, but I’m sure we can all agree that bladder prolapse is a lot easier to remember. But Wait, Where Does The Bladder Fall? Now you’re probably wondering, if the bladder falls out of place, where does it go? Well, my friends, it bulges or drops…

  • Leaks During The Holidays
    Incontinence

    Leaks During The Holidays: How To Prep For The Party

    Dashing through the snow, visiting family for the holidays, my bladder has to go, but the bathroom seems so far away! If you have bladder incontinence, then I’m sure you’ve thought about how to deal with leaks during the holidays. Whether you’re hosting at your home or traveling, it can be nerve-wracking not knowing when your bladder will strike next. Here, I’ll uncover 9 ways you can handle leaks during the holidays.  1. Swear Off Sugar…A Little Bit Ah, what a wonderful time of year. Everywhere you turn there are festive Christmas treats like double chocolate mint cookies, yule log cake, and gingerbread houses. But these yummy treats can also…