• exercise helps with constipation
    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

    What’s Hormones Got To Do With It?

    Oh, hormones. The signaling molecules that not only influence our mood and behavior but also regulate certain cells and tissues. To put it simply, hormones pack a lot of punch. Have you ever felt cranky and couldn’t put your finger on why? Do you ever find yourself craving chocolate during certain times of the month? And have you ever noticed that leaks are more common during one part of your cycle over the other? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you can chock it up to your hormones. Let’s dive in to what hormones have to do with incontinence. Hormones and Your Pelvic Floor As you…

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    Sex

    How To Remedy The Drought

    Let’s go ahead and put it out there: vaginal dryness is a nuisance. That’s right, I said it! Dry subjects don’t require dry explanations, so I thought I’d just jump right into this one. Yes, vaginal dryness is a thing and yes, most women experience it, BUT…there are definitely options to treat vaginal dryness. Whether vaginal dryness is occurring because of hormonal changes or as a result of your medication, there’s a remedy to improve the waterfall. However, the treatment depends on the cause. When Medications Are The Cause Did you know that antidepressants cause vaginal dryness? A few studies found that 30 to 70 percent of individuals that take…

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    Sex

    On Vaginal Dryness: When The Lake Becomes Dry

    What’s one topic that we rarely talk about with our girlfriends, significant others, or even our gynecologists? Got an idea? I’ll give you a hint. It’s something that ALL women experience but keep on the hush hush. Okay, I’ll share one more hint. The topic is sometimes called the “the last menopause taboo.” Have you figured it out yet? If not, I’ll tell you what it is, but you have to promise to keep reading. The topic that I’m referring to is vaginal dryness and it’s easily one of the least talked about experiences among women. We’d rather talk about hot flashes, night sweats, and even bladder leaks, but we…

  • Incontinence

    Does Your Pelvic Prolapse Hang Low?

    Do you remember learning about the pelvic floor in high school anatomy? Chances are, you probably don’t! I sure don’t. The topic wasn’t all that appealing and it didn’t seem relevant back then. But, boy oh, boy, how often things change as we age, right? Today, your pelvic floor is more important than it’s ever been before. More than one-third of American women have a pelvic floor disorder, like pelvic prolapse, and they only become more common as we age. Oof. Toss me some anti-wrinkle cream. What You Missed In Anatomy About The Pelvic Floor Although you’ve been carrying your pelvic floor around with you your entire life, you probably…

  • 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…

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    Incontinence

    Dear Bladder Diary… “Today I Leaked And Dripped And Dribbled”

    What did I eat? How much did I drink? Why did it happen? Why me? These questions can race through your head after a leak. And why wouldn’t they? There are so many factors that contribute to bladder leaks, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them in your head without feeling crazy. And I, for one, don’t need any help with that. The good news is that keeping a bladder diary can help. It’s a great way to understand your leaks, manage them, and stay sane. Adding another to-do to your list can be a pain, especially in-between trips to the bathroom. But, keeping a bladder diary is something…

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    Fitness,  Incontinence

    How To Kegel Leaks Away, Easy Peasy Squeeze-y

    You’re out with your friends at your 25th high school reunion. Debra from English class seems even funnier than you remember and you can’t stop laughing while reminiscing about Mr. Hedrick’s hideous haircut, even though it’s been 25 years. And then suddenly, it happens. It’s a small leak. You know nobody can see it anything. But you know it’s there, and it’s uncomfortable. Your smile dims a little and you’re suddenly thinking of going home early. Sound familiar? If you’ve been there before, we feel you. And so do millions of other women. The good news is that Kegels can help. How Kegels Help With Leaks Before jumping into Kegels,…

  • woman laughing with bladder leaks
    Incontinence

    Incontinence 101: Everything You Need To Know

    As women, our bodies go through the ringer. Monthly periods. Pregnancy. Childbirth. Menopause. From all that activity, it’s no surprise that our pelvic floor takes a hit. Our muscles and nerves fatigue from all of the work they do and get stressed under pressure. This can cause bladder leakage, otherwise known as urinary incontinence. While leaks can be frustrating, there are lots of techniques that can help make them no big deal. Here’s everything you need to know about those spritz, sprinkles, and urges and how to manage them. And we really do mean everything! What Is The Definition Of Incontinence Exactly? The technical term for bladder leakage is urinary…