• 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

    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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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Incontinence

    When Your Baby Bump Comes With Unexpected Sprinkles

    Pregnancy can be overwhelming. In between practicing breathing exercises, getting registered at Target, and marking name books comes lots of changes. And while we mamas love to share stories and tips about getting ready for baby, we aren’t very good at having real talk about changes to us.  Specifically, physical changes to our bodies. Oh, yeah. We’re going there. So, your pea in the pod has brought on another kind of pee? Good news – you’re not the only one! Below, you’ll find an in-depth and honest guide to bladder leaks (i.e. incontinence) while you’re pregnant and after you’ve given birth. You’re In Good Company One of the most common…

  • Asian woman free of overactive bladder
    Bladder Blog

    Gotta Go, Gotta Go! The A-Z On OAB

    The term “overactive bladder” may conjure up pictures of running to the bathroom every five minutes and jokes about peeing more than a race horse, but it’s more than that. Having an overactive bladder can also be super embarrassing, leaving you hiding out from your work and social life in the bathroom. But your life is so much more than hours spent running to a stall; here’s some advice on how you can navigate your overactive bladder. What is overactive bladder? Overactive bladder (OAB) a frequent urge to urinate and NOW. This sense of urgency is the key trait of OAB. It’s estimated that over 33 million people in the…

  • Incontinence

    What’s Your Type? (Of Bladder Leaks)

    There are so many different ways of talking about urination. We’ll say things like “my bladder is full,” “I have to relieve myself,” or even “I need to pee!” Everyone needs to empty their bladders – it’s a normal part of life. But when you find you’re having urine leaks, you may well not want to talk about it. Ladies who leak are often very embarrassed by it. But you’re not alone! Incontinence is very common. 45% of women ages 40-60 — and 1 in 3 women overall — experience bladder leaks. So, millions of women are in your same situation. How your bladder works To understand which of the…

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    Hormones,  Incontinence

    Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Menopause & Bladder Leaks

    Rumor has it that life actually begins at 40! That’s right, the gray hairs and the slight creak of your bones signifies that you’ve accumulated assets, memories, and wisdom. While you recognize that this of season of your life may involve night sweats, fatigue, and alarming hot flashes, you still have much to be grateful for. However, there’s just this one thing you weren’t expecting. Nobody told you about the bladder leakage that could accompany menopause — wasn’t incontinence supposed to be an old person problem? Or, is it possible that you’re the only one experiencing this? Trust us, you’re not! We’ll enlighten you on this one menopause symptom that…