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    Incontinence

    Colposuspension: Stitching Up Leaks

    We know bladder leaks are no fun, and after a while, it may seem like you’re running out of treatment options. But have you considered colposuspension? Colposuspension is a surgical procedure designed to help you keep bladder leaks at bay and live your best life. Read on for the basics on this procedure that is a lifesaver for people who suffer from leaks and spritz. What is a Colposuspension? Don’t let the tongue-twister fool you. To get an idea of how a colposuspension is beneficial, let’s do a quick refresher on incontinence. Due to many factors, like childbirth and aging, there may be damage to the structures around the urethra,…

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    Incontinence

    Overactive Bladder Treatment: You’ve Got Options

    It’s no fun having an overactive bladder. Danger can strike anywhere, and sometimes bad luck joins in, and there’s not a restroom in sight. Having an overactive bladder can limit your social life, professional life, and just overall pace at home. If you are suffering from an overactive bladder and are looking to change the flow of things (ha), then here are a couple of effective overactive bladder treatment options medical experts agree can tame that bladder. #1 Diet and Lifestyle For Overactive Bladder Treatment When it comes to our health, everything really does seem to circle back to diet and a few specific lifestyle changes. When it comes to…

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    Incontinence

    Overflow Incontinence: Half Full or Half Empty?

    Imagine this: you’re having one of the best dreams of your life. Something concerning one of your favorite actors and a trip somewhere tropical. Yeah, that dream. When suddenly out of nowhere, you jerk awake and feel a wet patch. Suddenly, you’re transported back in time to when you were younger and used to wet the bed. But this isn’t anything like when you were a kid. If waking up to a wet patch is something happening to you more frequently than usual, you may be experiencing overflow incontinence.  What is Overflow Incontinence? One of many incontinence types, overflow incontinence, is the inability to fully empty your bladder and it…

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    Incontinence

    Pelvic Floor 101: Everything You Need To Know

    Here’s the deal: the pelvic floor is actually one of the body parts that holds us all together. And by us, I mean just some of the most essential parts of our anatomy. Let’s have a little flashback anatomy class session. Here’s the rundown on how it works and what happens when it acts up. So, What Is The Pelvic Floor? The floor of the pelvis includes layers of muscles and many other tissues. This floor reaches from the tailbone in the back of the body to our pubic bone. A woman’s pelvic floor carries the bladder, uterus, and colon. So it’s easy to say that these muscles have their…

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    Incontinence

    Belly Dancing Your Bladder Leaks Away

    Ladies, did you know you could have fun and reduce bladder leaks at the same time? Typically, bladder solutions include Kegel exercises, avoiding bladder irritants, and sometimes surgery. However, today’s solution happens to be fun and sexy. Keep reading to see how belly dancing might be able to help you cease bladder leaks. What is Belly Dancing? If you ask an expert, they’ll likely say that belly dancing is the oldest form of dance. In ancient times, the exercise was done during fertility rites or parties preparing a young lady for marriage. The dance focuses on women doing movements from their torso instead of their legs and feet. Today, a…

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    Incontinence

    Urodynamics: The Key to Figuring Out Your Bladder

    When you hear the word urodynamics, what do you think of? When I first heard the word, I honestly thought of a car. It’s just something about the name that makes it seem mechanical, complicated, and intense. But, I can assure you that urodynamics has nothing to do with cars. Keep on reading to learn what urodynamics is and what it has to do with the bladder (because all things here lead back to the bladder). What is Urodynamics? Urodynamics is actually a group of tests that doctors use to check out how your lower urinary tract is functioning. However, not everyone gets all of the tests. Your physician will…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Incontinence

    CBD: A Cure All Or A Let Down For The Bladder?

    There’s a lot of acronyms out there, but one that has been popping up everywhere is CBD. It’s becoming so popular that you can find it at most pharmacy store chains and even at your local grocery. Yet, despite seeing it everywhere, you probably still don’t know exactly what it is. You’ve likely heard claims that it reduces pain, fights anxiety, and alleviates insomnia. So, if it can do all of that, then we can’t help but wonder if it could help your bladder too. Sit tight and get comfortable as we explore what CBD is and if it can put a stop to bladder leaks (aka incontinence). Keep Calm:…