• Post void dribbling
    Incontinence

    Post Void Dribbling: What It Means For Women

    What do you call it when you use the bathroom, and a little pee drips out even after you thought you were all done? This condition is called post void dribbling, also known as post micturition dribble. Although it’s more common in men, some women experience it too. So, we’re going to explain what post void dribbling is and what you can do about it.  What is Post void Dribbling?  Post void dribbling is when a little bit of urine drips out shortly after using the bathroom. The condition, in and of itself, is usually not serious. However, those who struggle with it would definitely say it’s annoying to deal…

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    Incontinence

    Urethral Bulking For Less Stressful Incontinence

    Stress incontinence is a little, dare I say, stressful, and I’m not too fond of stress. And I would bet my bottom dollar that you don’t like stress either! One way to stress less about stress incontinence is by finding solutions to it, such as urethral bulking. Here, we’re going to explain what urethral bulking is and how it just might help you.  What is Urethral Bulking? Urethral bulking is a procedure that involves injecting a bulking agent around the urethra. The urethra is the tube that gives pee a ride from the bladder to the exterior of the body. With this procedure, a doctor will narrow the urethra with…

  • Colpocleisis
    Incontinence

    Colpocleisis: Closing Off Prolapse

    Pelvic prolapse is one of those conditions that is common but rarely discussed. Approximately 1/3 of American women have a pelvic floor disorder, such as incontinence, and 11% of those with pelvic prolapse will require surgery. However, similar to pelvic prolapse being on the hush-hush, so are its surgery options. Colpocleisis, pronounced kal-po-kli-sis, is a surgery option for pelvic prolapse with a 90-95% success rate. Keep reading to see if this is a good option for you. What is Colpocleisis? Colpocleisis, also known as vaginal closure surgery, is a procedure done to correct bladder, uterine, and vaginal prolapse. This surgical treatment option shortens the length of the vaginal canal and…

  • Women in menopause
    Hormones

    Menopause 101: The Whole Picture

    Chances are, you’ve probably heard of menopause a few times. As an adolescent, you may have overheard your mother or another adult female complain about the famed ‘hot flashes’. Or even listened in as female coworkers discussed the dreaded men-o-pause among themselves. Nonetheless, it likely seemed too far away and unrelatable at the time, but now…it’s real. Aunt Flo Won’t Always Be There You and your period may have gone through a lot together over the years, but Aunt Flo isn’t always going to be there. Menopause is the end of the line, and we usually understand it as a hormonal nightmare if pop culture is to be believed. But…

  • woman with neurogenic bladder
    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…

  • Incontinence

    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…

  • Kegel Weights
    Incontinence

    Kegel Weights: An Exercise Your Trainer Can’t Help With

    As women, our pelvic floor muscles take some pretty heavy punches, so it’s only right that we start to defend ourselves. Between pregnancy, childbirth, and good ol’ menopause, the pelvic floor loses some of the strength and elasticity that it once had. However, we don’t have to just sit there and let it happen. We can do something about it! Check out this piece on how Kegel weights can make your pelvic floor muscles the GOAT (greatest of all time).  What in the World Are They? If you’re anything like me, then the first time you heard the words “Kegel balls” or “Kegel weights” your brows sort of went up.…

  • Bladder Prolapse
    Incontinence

    Bladder Prolapse: A Real Explanation

    What is Bladder Prolapse? I have a feeling that most school vocabulary tests didn’t include the word “prolapse,” but not to worry, because we’ve got you covered. The word prolapse literally means ‘falling out of place.’ And if you toss the word bladder in front of that, then you’ve got a bladder falling out of place. The medical world refers to this condition as cystocele, but I’m sure we can all agree that bladder prolapse is a lot easier to remember. But Wait, Where Does The Bladder Fall? Now you’re probably wondering, if the bladder falls out of place, where does it go? Well, my friends, it bulges or drops…

  • Leaks During The Holidays
    Incontinence

    Leaks During The Holidays: How To Prep For The Party

    Dashing through the snow, visiting family for the holidays, my bladder has to go, but the bathroom seems so far away! If you have bladder incontinence, then I’m sure you’ve thought about how to deal with leaks during the holidays. Whether you’re hosting at your home or traveling, it can be nerve-wracking not knowing when your bladder will strike next. Here, I’ll uncover 9 ways you can handle leaks during the holidays.  1. Swear Off Sugar…A Little Bit Ah, what a wonderful time of year. Everywhere you turn there are festive Christmas treats like double chocolate mint cookies, yule log cake, and gingerbread houses. But these yummy treats can also…

  • woman CBD
    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:…