• woman with underactive bladder
    Incontinence

    Underactive Bladder: The Opposite Of Gotta-Go

    Most of us have heard of an overactive bladder (OAB), but did you know there’s such a thing as an underactive bladder? Chances are, probably not. The media spends much more time showing us what “gotta-go, gotta-gotta-go, gotta-go right now” looks like due to how common OAB is. However, underactive bladder, or UAB, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Here, we’re going to unravel what underactive bladder is all about and what you can do about it. What is an Underactive Bladder? As you might’ve imagined, an underactive bladder is the opposite of an overactive bladder. So, instead of having the frequent urge to urinate, you strain to even make…

  • woman with neurogenic bladder
    Incontinence

    Neurogenic Bladder: A Communication Breakdown

    As you probably already know, our brain and bladder have a very unique connection. When they work together, everything is good and dandy. But when they don’t, it can cause things to get a little complicated. I’m talking leaks, drips, Gotta-Go with the spritz complicated. When our brain, spinal cord, or nerves are unable to adequately communicate with the bladder, it’s sometimes due to a neurogenic bladder. A ‘What’ Bladder? So you’re probably wondering, what exactly is a “neurogenic” bladder? The word neurogenic means “caused by the nerves or nervous system.” Therefore, if the nerves that communicate with the bladder are damaged by illness or injury, then it’ll alter how…

  • 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,…