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    Incontinence

    Pelvic Floor 101: Everything You Need To Know

    Here’s the deal: the pelvic floor is actually one of the body parts that holds us all together. And by us, I mean just some of the most essential parts of our anatomy. Let’s have a little flashback anatomy class session. Here’s the rundown on how it works and what happens when it acts up. So, What Is The Pelvic Floor? The floor of the pelvis includes layers of muscles and many other tissues. This floor reaches from the tailbone in the back of the body to our pubic bone. A woman’s pelvic floor carries the bladder, uterus, and colon. So it’s easy to say that these muscles have their…

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    Incontinence

    Belly Dancing Your Bladder Leaks Away

    Ladies, did you know you could have fun and reduce bladder leaks at the same time? Typically, bladder solutions include Kegel exercises, avoiding bladder irritants, and sometimes surgery. However, today’s solution happens to be fun and sexy. Keep reading to see how belly dancing might be able to help you cease bladder leaks. What is Belly Dancing? If you ask an expert, they’ll likely say that belly dancing is the oldest form of dance. In ancient times, the exercise was done during fertility rites or parties preparing a young lady for marriage. The dance focuses on women doing movements from their torso instead of their legs and feet. Today, a…

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    Post Void Dribbling: What It Means For Women

    What do you call it when you use the bathroom, and a little pee drips out even after you thought you were all done? This condition is called post void dribbling, also known as post micturition dribble. Although it’s more common in men, some women experience it too. So, we’re going to explain what post void dribbling is and what you can do about it.  What is Post void Dribbling?  Post void dribbling is when a little bit of urine drips out shortly after using the bathroom. The condition, in and of itself, is usually not serious. However, those who struggle with it would definitely say it’s annoying to deal…

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    Incontinence

    Colpocleisis: Closing Off Prolapse

    Pelvic prolapse is one of those conditions that is common but rarely discussed. Approximately 1/3 of American women have a pelvic floor disorder, such as incontinence, and 11% of those with pelvic prolapse will require surgery. However, similar to pelvic prolapse being on the hush-hush, so are its surgery options. Colpocleisis, pronounced kal-po-kli-sis, is a surgery option for pelvic prolapse with a 90-95% success rate. Keep reading to see if this is a good option for you. What is Colpocleisis? Colpocleisis, also known as vaginal closure surgery, is a procedure done to correct bladder, uterine, and vaginal prolapse. This surgical treatment option shortens the length of the vaginal canal and…

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    Incontinence

    Exercises To Calm Frazzled Nerves & Lower Pelvic Pain

    Sometimes bladder leaks come with both emotional and physical pain. If your bladder or pelvic pain just won’t go away and its getting on your nerves, our friend Evelyn could have the answer for you. She’s a pelvic physical therapist from New York and here, she shares with us how our nerves can sometimes wreak havoc with our insides. She also has some insights for how to work with (and not against) your nerves to calm the pain. So, if you’re looking for a few tips on how to relax your nerves (and who isn’t?), then read on!  Persistent Pelvic Pain And Your Nerves If you’re experiencing pelvic pain, bladder…

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    Rolling, Rolling, Rolling Like A River: Tips For Good Urinary Stream

    We’re all a bunch of smarty-pants over here. But to become one, you must learn from one. This week, we’re excited to learn a few things from one of the smartest women we know. Evelyn Hecht is a pelvic physical therapist from the Big Apple on a mission to help us deal with the not-so-fun things that happen when our pelvic muscles need some love. At Lily Bird we talk a lot about incontinence, but what about the other side of that coin? Read on to hear what this expert level smarty-pants has to say. It might change how you handle your next trip to the loo.  How To Tell…

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    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…

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    Incontinence

    5 Ways To Exercise Your Pelvic Floor Without Changing Your Routine

    If you’re dealing with bladder leaks (a.k.a. incontinence) or are having issues like painful sex, then you’ve probably heard about your pelvic floor muscles once or twice. These muscles create a sling in your lower pelvis and provide support to your internal organs. Strengthening these pelvic floor muscles is pretty important to keep bladder leaks at bay, especially as we age. We want to keep everything in one place, after all, and avoid pelvic prolapse. However, working out these muscles is a little different from, say, lifting weights at the gym. So, we’re going to teach you how to move it, move it. Keep reading to learn how you can…

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    Incontinence

    Biofeedback: Your Pelvic Floor’s Leg Up

    If you’re one of the millions of women worldwide having to deal with bladder leaks, then you’ve probably tried out a lot of different techniques to get those leaks to take a break. Exercising your pelvic floor is one such technique to help out with incontinence. Plus, it helps prevent pelvic prolapse and even makes bedroom activities more fun for all. Pelvic floor exercises can definitely work, but they’re a little more tricky than they might sound on paper.   So how do you know you’re doing pelvic floor exercises correctly? Your Pelvic Floor Let’s take a step back and talk about your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor is a…

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    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…