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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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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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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…