• asian middle aged woman
    Incontinence

    5 Ways To Exercise Your Pelvic Floor Without Changing Your Routine

    If you’re dealing with bladder leaks (a.k.a. incontinence) or are having issues like painful sex, then you’ve probably heard about your pelvic floor muscles once or twice. These muscles create a sling in your lower pelvis and provide support to your internal organs. Strengthening these pelvic floor muscles is pretty important to keep bladder leaks at bay, especially as we age. We want to keep everything in one place, after all, and avoid pelvic prolapse. However, working out these muscles is a little different from, say, lifting weights at the gym. So, we’re going to teach you how to move it, move it. Keep reading to learn how you can…

  • woman doing biofeedback
    Incontinence

    Biofeedback: Your Pelvic Floor’s Leg Up

    If you’re one of the millions of women worldwide having to deal with bladder leaks, then you’ve probably tried out a lot of different techniques to get those leaks to take a break. Exercising your pelvic floor is one such technique to help out with incontinence. Plus, it helps prevent pelvic prolapse and even makes bedroom activities more fun for all. Pelvic floor exercises can definitely work, but they’re a little more tricky than they might sound on paper.   So how do you know you’re doing pelvic floor exercises correctly? Your Pelvic Floor Let’s take a step back and talk about your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor is a…

  • woman wiht multiple sclerosis and incontinence
    Incontinence

    Multiple Sclerosis: Disrupting Brain-To-Bladder Communication

    Bladder leaks are never something we look forward to during the day, but for those with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), bladder leaks can be even more of a challenge. If you have Multiple Sclerosis, then you know that it results in damaged nerves. These are the very nerves in charge of sending messages to your muscles. So as a consequence, your muscles are more difficult to control. In fact, according to the National MS Society, about 80% of people diagnosed with MS also suffer with bladder function to some degree. The Link Between Multiple Sclerosis and Leaks What does Multiple Sclerosis have to do with bladder leaks? Well, when your bladder…

  • summer hammock with bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    Simplifying Summer Spritz

    Summer spritz. No, we don’t mean a fancy drink. (That’s a spritzer, right?). We mean those pesky bladder leaks that can make summertime less fun and more of a drag. Leaks aside, summer is usually pretty great. The sun’s out, kids are out of school, and adventure awaits. But planning out every little detail in advance to avoid the stress of bladder leaks just leads to more stress. And adding panty liners to the mix isn’t always enough (or even a good idea). We get it. You want to get out there to enjoy the sun. Thankfully, we have a few tips and tricks to help you navigate through the…

  • woman with a hysterectomy
    Incontinence,  Menopause

    When Breaking Up With Your Uterus Brings On Dribble Dilemmas

    Hysterectomy. Ladies, we’ve all heard this word. Maybe you overheard an older woman talk about it in your youth or one of your friends has opened up to you about having one. It’s one of those things where someone mutters the word once and then it becomes… “you know, that one thing I was talking about.” Yep, a hysterectomy falls on the long list of taboo women’s health topics that are usually on the hush-hush. But you know how we are with those types of subjects. There’s no such thing as a taboo or TMI here at Lily Bird. So, keep reading to learn what a hysterectomy is, why they’re…

  • woman fighting incontinence stigma
    Incontinence

    5 Ways To Fight Bladder Leak Stigma

    Stigma is defined as the disapproval of or discrimination against someone based on something about them. Do you ever feel stigmatized because of your unruly bladder? Do you maybe even stigmatize yourself? The stigma surrounding bladder leaks started a long time ago when our parents potty trained us. Our parents taught us that peeing on yourself was bad so since then, we’ve tried to avoid it like the plague. But life happens. Childbirth happens. Injuries happen and so…leaks may happen too. And they happen to the best of us. It can be difficult to think beyond a stigmatized condition, urinary incontinence being one. So how can we empower ourselves and…

  • woman with hypertonic pelvic floor muscles
    Incontinence

    Strong Armstrong: When Your Pelvic Floor Goes Hypertonic

    Around here we talk a lot about pelvic floors being loosey goosey. So would you believe me if I told you that your pelvic floor can become too tight? Turns out, it’s pretty darn possible. You might hear it called pelvic floor hypertonia or a hypertonic pelvic floor. I know we’re always told to practice our Kegels so we can snapback, but sometimes the desired snapback is actually a clap back. When The Snapback Goes Wrong If you deal with the occasional spritz, you’ve probably been told or read somewhere that you should try Kegels. Next thing you know you’re doing Kegels everywhere. You’re secretly squeezing your pelvic floor muscles…

  • woman running with incontinence
    Incontinence

    Running With It

    The New Year is here, which means a lot of you are breaking out your running shoes, and prepping your gym bag. You’re excited to go to the gym, and you’re ready to increase your strength and endurance. You’ve got this. 💪 But, for a lot of us women, the thought of going to the gym – or going for a run – is stressful because of bladder leaks. Running means jostling your bladder, which may not take kindly to your new workout routine. Here at Lily Bird, we’re here to help you do you, and that includes being as active as your heart desires. Below, we’ve shared our top…

  • kegel exercises with friends
    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…

  • how to talk to your doctor about bladder leaks
    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…