• 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 bladder pacemaker
    Incontinence

    A Bladder Pacemaker: Making Nice Between Your Brain & Bladder

    Ever heard of a pacemaker? I’m sure you have because the device is fairly common, but I can bet my bottom dollar that the pacemaker you’re probably thinking of is for the heart. Over here we like to talk about the land of leaks, so the pacemaker we’re going to tell you about is actually a bladder pacemaker. Could It Be Just What You’ve Been Looking For? For a lot of women, bladder pacemakers could be the best invention since sliced bread. But, not very many women know about them. Many of us search high and a low for a solution to stop leaks from interfering with our everyday lives.…

  • woman eating vitamins and minerals for bladder health
    Incontinence

    Vitamins & Minerals For A Happier Bladder

    Most multivitamin brands boast about their ability to improve our skin, nails, bones, and hair, which are some amazing perks. However, did you know that vitamins and minerals have an impact on our bladder health, too? Sometimes those leaks and drips are the result of you missing a few key ingredients that are needed to keep your bladder happy and healthy. Keep reading to learn about the key vitamins and minerals your body needs to have great urinary health. Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12, sometimes referred to as cobalamin, helps in lowering the risk of heart disease, creating new red blood cells and DNA, breaking down fatty acids and protecting nerve…

  • 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…

  • 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 with bladder control product
    Incontinence

    Your Guide To Finding The Perfect Bladder Control Product

    If you’ve ever dealt with bladder leaks, then you know how living with leaks can feel like tricky business. If you’re always keeping an eye out for the nearest bathroom or are too afraid to step foot outside the house for fear of random drips and spritz, then it may be time to consider a bladder control product. (And no, these are *not* the same as period pads and pantyliners!) Finding The Perfect Bladder Control Product Truth be told, there are plenty of products out there. From pads to pessaries, there’s a bladder control product that will work for you. Promise. But how do you pick the best one for…

  • incontinence medication
    Incontinence

    Popping Pills: Incontinence Medication For Leaks

    Bladder leaks can be a tough pill to swallow. They’re stressful, exhausting, and can be downright embarrassing. If you worry constnatly about your next bathroom break, it’s hard to enjoy life’s moments. Missing out on what you used to enjoy doing can be a real buzzkill. The good news is that there are plenty of options for women with leaks and overactive bladders. We’ve already talked about all sorts of solutions that don’t involve popping pills. Those include things like bladder training and Kegels to reducing bladder irritants and using an absorbent product. But for some ladies, incontinence medication can help too. If you’re ready to try incontinence medication, here…

  • diabetes and incontinence
    Incontinence

    Diabetes & Leaks: Connecting Sugar And Spritz

    Some health issues seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But a lot less delicious, of course. And bladder leaks are no different. If you need to know where the bathroom is everywhere you go or are you barely making it to the bathroom once you get the urge and you also have diabetes, you’re not alone. There is a connection between diabetes and incontinence. While the exact link between the two is unknown, I’ll shed some light on some possible reasons why leakage is more common for diabetics. What is Diabetes? Did you know that there are several types of diabetes? When most people talk about diabetes,…

  • nocturia is peeing a lot at night
    Bladder Blog

    Feeling Nocturnal? Could Be Nocturia

    Ahh, sleep. I love getting into bed after a long day, ready for some much needed REM cycles. Who doesn’t? Is there anything worse than interrupting those hours of deep sleep for a bathroom break? Especially if you have to go to the bathroom multiple times a night? Peeing A Lot At Night While it sounds like a super cool name for an arch-villain or vampire, nocturia is actually the term for having to go to the bathroom multiple times at night. (So maybe it is sort of like a villain vampire). 70 million Americans, or 22% of us, wake up to pee more than once a night. And, nocturia…

  • incontinence beach
    Incontinence

    Own The Throne (And Your Bad Habits)

    Here at Lily Bird we feature stories written by smarty pants women from our community. That’s because telling your bladder who’s boss is better as a team sport. These women get you. They’re in your corner. And they’re here to remind you that your body isn’t broken. Hey, bodies age, bladders leak, and movie sequels bomb. Right? If you’re ready to stop praying to the porcelain gods, our friend Marla is here with advice that will help you own the throne. _____________ A long-distance car ride, or even tent camping, always reminds me how much that little organ known as the bladder controls my life. Those activities often trigger “just…