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    Incontinence

    Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & How To Help

    You may have heard one of your doctors mention the term pelvic floor dysfunction. And your response may have been a puzzled shrug of your shoulders or a bemused “what?” Below, we try to take the what and mystery out of pelvic floor dysfunction. We’ll also talk about the symptoms you may experience with it. Plus, even more importantly, we touch on some ways that you can successfully address these symptoms and get back to your happiest and healthiest self.  What Is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?  The first thing you need to know is that a series of small muscles line your pelvic floor. In addition to these muscles, it also…

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    Nutrition

    Vitamin D: Sunshine For Your Bladder

    In our younger years, it wasn’t uncommon to hear our parents tell us to drink milk, which is full of vitamin D, for strong bones and teeth. Fast forward to today, we’re now encouraging you to take vitamin D to alleviate bladder leaks. Yep, that’s right! Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for our overall health and well-being. But, to be honest, a lot of people don’t know much about how it helps us. In addition, many of us are actually deficient in this vitamin. So, let’s go ahead and uncover why the magical vitamin is important and how in the world it can help you with…

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    Incontinence

    Make Collagen Your Secret Weapon For Leaks

    Leaks and drips are no fun. The spontaneous little leaks and the urge to go can most definitely interfere with our daily lives more than any of us would like to admit. Luckily, bladder leaks and prolapse are not something you have to live with, thanks to the various new treatments out there.  Collagen is one of those treatments that we’re going to uncover below.  Collagen: The Holy Grail For Youth…And Leaks? You may have heard of collagen injections before. If not, let’s just say that collagen is the holy grail for gaining a youthful, glowing appearance. But, did you know collagen injections can also be used to aid in…

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    Incontinence

    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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    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

    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…

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    Incontinence Products

    A Pelvic Pressing Pessary

    While most everyone knows about products for incontinence like pads and disposable underwear, eventually your Google search will lead you down the pessary rabbit hole. You’ve likely landed on this page because you’re looking into different solutions for bladder leaks. So, hey there. And Welcome. We’ve got you covered. Here’s the scoop on pessaries, including the pros and cons of using one. What Is A Pessary? A “pessary” is a firm ring that is inserted into the vagina and presses against the urethra. This pressing provides support to the urethra, helping limit the number of bladder leaks that occur throughout the day. Pessaries are usually made out of medical grade…

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    Wonder Women

    When Every Day Is A Mix Of Emotions

    Here at Lily Bird, we feature personal 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? This week our good friend Liz gets real about pelvic prolapse, leaking, and coming to terms with her postpartum body. _____________ Hi; I’m Liz. The first thing that comes to mind if you were to ask me what I did today would be that I peed myself. Yes, that, over an awesome…

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    Incontinence

    The Snapback Secret: How They Do It In France

    Raise your hand if your doctor ever mentioned anything to you about re-educating your vagina. If you’re like me, then you kept your hand down and probably raised your eyebrows. I mean c’mon. Why would a doctor need to re-educate you on your own lady parts? However, it turns out that re-educating your vagina is actually a thing. And we Americans could  learn a few things from the French. It’s Time To Talk About It Without a doubt, women go through A LOT! Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and more causes our pelvic floor muscles to weaken over time. Pelvic prolapse can lead to everything from unexpected bladder leaks (i.e. incontinence) to…