• 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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    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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    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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    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…

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    Incontinence

    Straight Talk, All In The Family

    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. ______________ With the holidays fast approaching, we’ve got a lot of friends and family time on the calendar. Some of you may be jumping for joy at the thought. Others might want to hide under a rock. Do you sometimes feel like you’re living a secret life? Hiding that extra change of clothes…

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    Fitness,  Incontinence

    10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Kegel Exercises

    Ready to take your Kegel game to the next level? Our friend Marla is pretty much a Kegel expert who has shown lots of women how to teach their pelvic floors new tricks. Whether you’re a Kegel newbie or are already a pro, Marla’s got you covered with 10 tips to kick ’em up a notch. Take it from here, Marla. _____________ Sure, you’ve probably heard your doctor say “Do your Kegel exercises.” And while they seem easy enough, many of us women struggle to connect with this part of our bodies. I know. I taught women to do Kegel exercises in a group setting, cuing them to squeeze and…

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    Incontinence

    Backed Up & Bothered: Constipation & Leaks

    If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve experienced what it feels like to be backed up. The abdominal discomfort, physiological distress, and the urge to let go of what’s been holding you back. Yes, that’s constipation for you. However, that’s not all it brings with it. Have you ever noticed that leaks are more common when you’re stopped up? Or that it’s more difficult to poop when you’re on incontinence drugs? Let’s get down to how and why constipation and bladder leaks are connected. When you know better, you do-do better. Too soon? Clogged Pipes: What’s Up With Constipation? The official definition of constipation is having fewer than three…

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    Wonder Women

    Ballet, Bonding, & Bursting Bladders

    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 Chaya’s here to tell us how she learned just how much she and her mom have in common. _____________ When you go for a walk with someone, you can’t help matching their gait. It’s just like our unconscious mirroring of the body language of conversational partners. From a young age,…