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    Bladder Blog

    7 Natural Remedies For UTIs

    In the last few years, holistic healing has become all the rage. You’re probably interested in it too and might not even know it. Think about it. I bet you’ve felt sick before and tried to think of ways you can “naturally” remedy the situation. You probably thought about the old (and sometimes bizarre) remedies your parents or grandparents used to tell you about…that actually worked. But did they ever mention any natural remedies for UTIs (urinary tract infections)? Probably not. Good news: we’ve got you covered. 7 Natural Remedies For UTIs UTI’s suck. They burn, sting, and sometimes they even stink, which is why this topic is so important.…

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    Incontinence

    Strong Armstrong: When Your Pelvic Floor Goes Hypertonic

    Around here we talk a lot about pelvic floors being loosey goosey. So would you believe me if I told you that your pelvic floor can become too tight? Turns out, it’s pretty darn possible. You might hear it called pelvic floor hypertonia or a hypertonic pelvic floor. I know we’re always told to practice our Kegels so we can snapback, but sometimes the desired snapback is actually a clap back. When The Snapback Goes Wrong If you deal with the occasional spritz, you’ve probably been told or read somewhere that you should try Kegels. Next thing you know you’re doing Kegels everywhere. You’re secretly squeezing your pelvic floor muscles…

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    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…

  • woman with interstitial cystitis
    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…