• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Sleep

    Insomnia During Menopause: Why Can’t I Sleep?

    Ahh, midlife. The kids are all grown up. You finally feel like you’ve got things on lock down. But then menopause steps in to throw a wrench into your plans. We’ve talked about menopause a little bit before. Mainly how it impacts the bladder and can interfere with sex. But did you know that one of the earliest signs of menopause is insomnia? Let’s take a look at how menopause can affect your sleep cycle, shall we? The Skinny on Life During Menopause, Besides Insomnia As you probably already know, menopause occurs when our body decides to cease the baby-making process. It typically happens between 40 and 60 years old.…

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    Sex

    9 Ways To Keep Your Sex Life Steamy Post Menopause

    Oh, menopause. How we side eye thee. You’re known for the miraculous changes you bring on. You know… the lack of sleep, a few bladder leaks (pssst…Lily Bird can help with that), unforgivable droughts, and subpar hanky-panky. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about! While we’ve touched on most of these topics relating to menopause before, we haven’t talked about how menopause affects the sack and what you can do about it. So, let’s chat about ways to heat things up after menopause so you can keep living your best life. Stella Got Her Groove Back And So Can You Menopause brings with it some natural changes that are completely…

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    Mind & Mood

    Meditation 101: Joining The Woo-Sah Wave

    If you aren’t a meditation guru already, then you’re probably visualizing a cross-legged Buddhist monk in the mountains,  sitting extremely upright with their palms facing up. Lesson one of meditation: that’s called the lotus position. But, meditation is a lot more than tangling your legs into a pretzel while chanting “ohmmm.” It’s becoming popular but it’s also highly misunderstood, just like an angsty teenager. Fortunately, we’re here to help a sister out. We’ll teach you what it is and how it can help you. After all, in case you haven’t heard, anxiety and leaks kind of go together like PB&J or Sunny and Cher. And knowing a little meditation might…

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    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…

  • hormones during menopause cause bladder leaks
    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…

  • There are lots of ways to treat vaginal dryness
    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…