• hysterectomy recovery woman
    Incontinence,  Menopause

    Hysterectomy Recovery: What To Expect

    A hysterectomy is a serious procedure, so why is the hysterectomy recovery process sometimes so short or sped up? After all, this is the removal of a uterus we’re talking about. Of course, the recovery time depends on the specific woman, as well as the type of hysterectomy. Here’s a quick guide on what you can expect during the recovery portion after a hysterectomy. Types of Hysterectomies First things first, there are actually different types of hysterectomies, and some are more invasive than others. Abdominal hysterectomy: This may be the most invasive procedure, and it certainly has the recovery time to prove it. Complete hysterectomy recovery may take anywhere from…

  • 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…

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    Mind & Mood

    Self Love Is The Best Love

    This sort of goes without saying but women are superheroes. While we don’t get the fancy capes, we certainly do possess super strength. Our ability to push out babies, deal with cramps, and endure hot flashes in menopause are all superpowers if you ask me! However, we rarely celebrate ourselves. We often ensure that the needs of our loved ones come well before our own.  Since Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love and affection, let’s dedicate Valentine’s Day 2020 to appreciating ourselves. They say self-love is the best love, so keep reading to learn 8 ways to promote self-care this February.  1. Coloring Books Aren’t Just For Kids Turns…

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    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.…

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    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…

  • woman with urge incontinence
    Incontinence

    Urge Incontinence: When “Gotta Go” Meets Leaks

    Understanding Urge Incontinence Have you ever felt the sudden, intense urge to use the restroom and, before you could even put one foot in front of the other, you experienced a bladder leak? If this is happening to you often, then you might be experiencing urge incontinence.   While most people urinate 6-8 times per day, someone with urge incontinence will likely go much more than that. In addition, when someone with urge incontinence finally sits down on the toilet, only a few measly drops may come out. If you think that urge incontinence might be cramping your style, then keep reading to learn more about what to look for…

  • woman with fibroids
    Menopause

    Fibroids: Mysterious But Common

    Fibroids are not just a pain in the butt, they’re a pain in the uterus. Ba dum tss. All jokes aside, abnormal growths called fibroids are actually very common in women. But being common doesn’t make them sound any less scary, right? Well, here’s what you should know. Fibroids can appear in or on the uterus and they’re usually benign and noncancerous. They affect a little over 80% of women by the age of 50, but these growths typically don’t show any symptoms. In fact, you can go your whole life without knowing they’re there.   Though fibroids may sound like something serious, these growths are usually harmless. Here’s a…

  • hormone replacement therapy woman
    Hormones

    Hormone Replacement Therapy 101

    Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, are medications that include, well, hormones. Fluctuating hormones, like your estrogen dropping during menopause, is normal for everyone. But the fluctuations may leave you feeling lousy. For example, lower estrogen causes a lot of the symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes. In addition to leveling out your hormone levels, hormone replacement therapy can prevent bone loss for post-menopausal women and provides other benefits, too. Though, it isn’t right for everyone and there are some risk you should consider before making a final decision. Isn’t There Some Hormone Replacement Therapy Controversy? Let’s be honest. There’s controversy in a lot of things. Some people think it’s not…

  • women with menopause brain fog
    Mind & Mood

    When Menopause Brain Fog Rolls In

    Raise your hand if you’ve experienced a lack of focus and mental clarity, poor concentration, or slower decision-making since menopause showed up. If yes, then that is what we call menopause brain fog. Menopause brain fog is a real thing, and we’re here to give you a few tips on how to manage it. So, What Is The Menopause Brain Fog? Historically, women have complained about a certain mental block that seems to occur around the time of menopause. Some report having a hard time thinking, as well as difficulty concentrating. Frustratingly, a lot of women have had their worries dismissed over the years, and only recently has proper research…

  • 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…