• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • bladder diary
    Incontinence

    Dear Bladder Diary… “Today I Leaked And Dripped And Dribbled”

    What did I eat? How much did I drink? Why did it happen? Why me? These questions can race through your head after a leak. And why wouldn’t they? There are so many factors that contribute to bladder leaks, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them in your head without feeling crazy. And I, for one, don’t need any help with that. The good news is that keeping a bladder diary can help. It’s a great way to understand your leaks, manage them, and stay sane. Adding another to-do to your list can be a pain, especially in-between trips to the bathroom. But, keeping a bladder diary is something…

  • lemonade can be a bladder irritant
    Incontinence,  Nutrition

    Don’t Pass The Lemonade: Diet Tips For A Happy Bladder

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But if you get bladder leaks, then you may not want to drink that lemonade. What we eat has a direct impact on how our bladders work. When we eat, food passes through our digestive and urinary system. These systems process what we put into our bodies by eliminating the bad stuff and keeping the good. (Isn’t the human body amazing?). So, if you eat something that’s a bladder irritant, it can give you an urge, even if your bladder isn’t full. Spicy in, spicy out as they say… If you have an overactive bladder or suffer from incontinence, understanding your diet can…

  • woman laughing with bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    Incontinence 101: Everything You Need To Know

    As women, our bodies go through the ringer. Monthly periods. Pregnancy. Childbirth. Menopause. From all that activity, it’s no surprise that our pelvic floor takes a hit. Our muscles and nerves fatigue from all of the work they do and get stressed under pressure. This can cause bladder leakage, otherwise known as urinary incontinence. While leaks can be frustrating, there are lots of techniques that can help make them no big deal. Here’s everything you need to know about those spritz, sprinkles, and urges and how to manage them. And we really do mean everything! What Is The Definition Of Incontinence Exactly? The technical term for bladder leakage is urinary…

  • myths about bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    10 Myths About Bladder Leaks You’ll Want To Relieve

    Bladder leaks are a frustrating fact of life for so many of us. So why is it so easy to believe all of the myths out there about them? I know that when I’ve got something going on with my body, it’s easy to create a story to help me deal with it. I spiral down the WebMD rabbit hole or scroll through the endless number of pop-science articles looking for answers. Hours pass. The next thing I know, I’m self-diagnosing and concocting an explanation using some pretty unreliable sources. I end up more confused than when I was just guessing. Sound familiar? Truth be told, letting myths determine how…