• sugar and incontinence
    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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    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,…

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    Incontinence

    Entering The Void: Double Voiding

    When it comes to pesky spritz and sprinkles (a.k.a. incontinence), some of us women feel like we need to go to the bathroom all the time – even after just having been there. This can be frustrating and sometimes embarrassing if, after leaving the bathroom, you feel the need to go right back in. Have you ever left the table at a restaurant to use the bathroom, only to realize you need to pee again after going back to the table? (And when you just want to eat the pizza while it’s hot?). It’s understandable, but a little awkward. Good news: we’re here to give awkward a way forward. Welcome…

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    Incontinence Products

    A Pelvic Pressing Pessary

    While most everyone knows about products for incontinence like pads and disposable underwear, eventually your Google search will lead you down the pessary rabbit hole. You’ve likely landed on this page because you’re looking into different solutions for bladder leaks. So, hey there. And Welcome. We’ve got you covered. Here’s the scoop on pessaries, including the pros and cons of using one. What Is A Pessary? A “pessary” is a firm ring that is inserted into the vagina and presses against the urethra. This pressing provides support to the urethra, helping limit the number of bladder leaks that occur throughout the day. Pessaries are usually made out of medical grade…

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    Incontinence

    3 Reasons To Hop In The Pool

    Summer is such a great season. Camping trips, barbecues, and water parks are all so much fun. Well, water parks can be fun – unless you feel self-conscious about your bladder leaking. For women with leaky laughs and dribble dilemmas, swimming is a tricky proposition because taking a bladder leak pad in the pool doesn’t really work. Luckily, you don’t need to avoid water slides and lazy rivers because of your bladder. Here are 3 reasons why. 1. Pools Have Chlorine You might see signs at some pools saying they require a sort of waterproof swim diaper to prevent contamination. You’re probably thinking “No way, absolutely not, never going to…

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    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…

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    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…