• 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…

  • 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…

  • French woman
    Incontinence

    The Snapback Secret: How They Do It In France

    Raise your hand if your doctor ever mentioned anything to you about re-educating your vagina. If you’re like me, then you kept your hand down and probably raised your eyebrows. I mean c’mon. Why would a doctor need to re-educate you on your own lady parts? However, it turns out that re-educating your vagina is actually a thing. And we Americans could  learn a few things from the French. It’s Time To Talk About It   Without a doubt, women go through A LOT! Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and more causes our pelvic floor muscles to weaken over time. Pelvic prolapse can lead to everything from unexpected bladder leaks (i.e. incontinence)…

  • Staying hydrated with bladder leaks is a challenge
    Incontinence,  Nutrition

    You Can Lead Me To Water, But…

    If you’re currently dealing with bladder leaks, it might be tempting to think, “Well…if I limit how much liquid I drink, it’ll help reduce bladder leaks!” The less you imbibe, the less there is to leak out. Seems logical, right? Well…sort of. But not exactly. Unfortunately, skipping your daily dose of H2O isn’t a great idea. Decreasing the amount of liquid you drink can lead to UTI’s, kidney stones, migraines, and a host of other issues that will have you up late on WebMD. Up to 60% of an adult body is water, and water helps with everything from digesting food to lubricating joints to acting as a shock absorber…

  • Woman traveling with bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    Drips & Trips: Being On The Go And Having To Go

    Without a doubt, the whole process of traveling can be super chaotic! You have to make a list, check it twice, and hope that you haven’t left anything behind. And those are just the things you have to think about before you even step out the door. The anxiety of traveling is further intensified if you have bladder leakage. There’s nothing worse than doing the potty dance while getting ready to board your flight. Or being in an Uber and still having another 35 minutes before you arrive at your destination. While those two scenarios probably have you ready to rip your hair out, you’ll at least be glad to…

  • Bladder leaks are common in pregnancy
    Incontinence

    When Your Baby Bump Comes With Unexpected Sprinkles

    Pregnancy can be overwhelming. In between practicing breathing exercises, getting registered at Target, and marking name books comes lots of changes. And while we mamas love to share stories and tips about getting ready for baby, we aren’t very good at having real talk about changes to us.  Specifically, physical changes to our bodies. Oh, yeah. We’re going there. So, your pea in the pod has brought on another kind of pee? Good news – you’re not the only one! Below, you’ll find an in-depth and honest guide to bladder leaks (i.e. incontinence) while you’re pregnant and after you’ve given birth. You’re In Good Company One of the most common…

  • Incontinence

    Does Your Pelvic Prolapse Hang Low?

    Do you remember learning about the pelvic floor in high school anatomy? Chances are, you probably don’t! I sure don’t. The topic wasn’t all that appealing and it didn’t seem relevant back then. But, boy oh, boy, how often things change as we age, right? Today, your pelvic floor is more important than it’s ever been before. More than one-third of American women have a pelvic floor disorder, like pelvic prolapse, and they only become more common as we age. Oof. Toss me some anti-wrinkle cream. What You Missed In Anatomy About The Pelvic Floor Although you’ve been carrying your pelvic floor around with you your entire life, you probably…

  • vacation with bladder training
    Incontinence

    Bladder Training: How To Get Your Bladder On Board With Your Schedule

    Is it just us or is life busier and faster paced than it’s ever been before? Whether you’re traveling and working long hours for your job, caring for the little munchkins you’ve got at home (motherhood is 24/7), or have taken up a new hobby in your “free” time, none of us have a lot of time to spare. As you’re racing around crossing things off your to do list, there’s nothing more frustrating than being disrupted every 30 to 60 minutes by the urge to head to the bathroom. Well, we’ve got some good news for you. You actually can take steps to get your bladder on board with…

  • Mom and baby with fruit
    Fitness,  Incontinence

    Pelvic Floor Exercises: What Your Leaky Bladder Is Begging For

    Hey, you! Your bladder called and it wants you to do some pelvic floor exercises to help with those pesky drips and dribbles. And don’t worry, you won’t even have to hit the gym. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill pump-some-iron workout. What’s a pelvic floor? First, it’s time for a quick anatomy lesson. Ready to head back to the classroom for 2 minutes? Here we go… Your pelvis is located in the lower part of your abdomen (tummy) and it includes a number of organs including your uterus, ovaries and — the star of our show — your bladder. Your pelvic floor is an area of muscles that stretch out like…

  • Incontinence

    What’s Your Type? (Of Bladder Leaks)

    There are so many different ways of talking about urination. We’ll say things like “my bladder is full,” “I have to relieve myself,” or even “I need to pee!” Everyone needs to empty their bladders – it’s a normal part of life. But when you find you’re having urine leaks, you may well not want to talk about it. Ladies who leak are often very embarrassed by it. But you’re not alone! Incontinence is very common. 45% of women ages 40-60 — and 1 in 3 women overall — experience bladder leaks. So, millions of women are in your same situation. How your bladder works To understand which of the…