• Cystoscopy Doctor
    Incontinence

    Cystoscopy: A Clinical Close-Up

    If someone described a cystoscope to you, you’d probably think they were talking about the selfie stick cameras kids are walking around with these days. After all, it is a thin, long tube with a camera on the end. However, this device doesn’t exactly take selfies of you and your friends. In fact, it takes pictures of your bladder and urethra during a cystoscopy. Keep reading to learn why in the world you’d need this and how exactly it’s done.  What Is Cystoscopy?  A cystoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to take a peek inside of your bladder and urethra. There are two types of cystoscopy; a rigid cystoscopy…

  • Vaginal Odor
    Sex

    Vaginal Odor: What’s Normal?

    Vaginal odor. These are likely two words that were never uttered by your high school health teacher. Millions of ladies around the world learn to just figure it out, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty. No one’s really talking about it, and as a result, many of us don’t know what smell is right or wrong. Well, we’re going to uncover what you should know about the smells that are going on down yonder so you don’t have to wonder anymore.  Some Vaginal Odor Is Normal The truth is, everybody’s vagina has a smell and yours isn’t exempt. In fact, there are a whopping 2,100 odoriferous effluents (AKA scent…

  • Leaks During The Holidays
    Incontinence

    Leaks During The Holidays: How To Prep For The Party

    Dashing through the snow, visiting family for the holidays, my bladder has to go, but the bathroom seems so far away! If you have bladder incontinence, then I’m sure you’ve thought about how to deal with leaks during the holidays. Whether you’re hosting at your home or traveling, it can be nerve-wracking not knowing when your bladder will strike next. Here, I’ll uncover 9 ways you can handle leaks during the holidays.  1. Swear Off Sugar…A Little Bit Ah, what a wonderful time of year. Everywhere you turn there are festive Christmas treats like double chocolate mint cookies, yule log cake, and gingerbread houses. But these yummy treats can also…

  • woman with incontinence
    Incontinence

    10 Bladder Leak Terms You’ll Definitely Want To Know

    Trying to manage bladder leaks in everyday life can be frustrating. But learning more about them is a whole different can of worms. Doctors and web articles use lots of medical terms that fly over most of our heads. What exactly is incontinence? What do they mean by bladder training? Is voiding as scary as it sounds? All those questions and more are answered here as we share 10 words or phrases that you’ll definitely want to know if you’ve got bladder leaks. Pelvic Floor It’s like a hammock The pelvic floor are muscles at the bottom of the pelvic area. They act like a sling to support your internal…

  • stress incontinence when jumping
    Incontinence

    Stress Incontinence: Everything You Need To Know

    Do you know any moms who jump on their kids’ trampoline? I don’t. Most of us avoid it like the plague. If sneezing, coughing, laughing, or jumping brings on unexpected leaks, you’re in the right place. We’ve got everything you need to know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for stress incontinence. What Is Stress Incontinence, You Say? If you’re wondering, “what is stress incontinence?” then you’re in the right place. Stress incontinence is one of several types of incontinence. It’s the kind where a little bit of pressure on the bladder from laughing or jumping on a trampoline can cause an unexpected spritz. It’s like a random person who…

  • 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,…

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    Wonder Women

    An Unlikely Audience: Our Littles

    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 Lindsay’s here to combat the stigma around leaks by talking to an unlikely audience…our kids. Take it away, Lindsay. _____________ “Mom, why do you cross your legs every time you sneeze?” my 5-year-old daughter asked innocently. Is it that obvious?, I wondered silently to myself. My daughter doesn’t miss a…

  • woman with bladder betrayal
    Wonder Women

    Stories Of Bladder Betrayal

    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 Lindsay’s got us giggling (and crossing our legs) with a few short stories of bladder betrayal. _____________ Last February, I caught a cold, which turned into a cough. This cough was relentless – I had it for weeks and it Would. Not. Quit. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I…

  • Bladder leaks are common in pregnancy
    Incontinence

    When Your Baby Bump Comes With Unexpected Sprinkles

    Pregnancy can be overwhelming. In between practicing breathing exercises, getting registered at Target, and marking name books comes lots of changes. And while we mamas love to share stories and tips about getting ready for baby, we aren’t very good at having real talk about changes to us.  Specifically, physical changes to our bodies. Oh, yeah. We’re going there. So, your pea in the pod has brought on another kind of pee? Good news – you’re not the only one! Below, you’ll find an in-depth and honest guide to bladder leaks (i.e. incontinence) while you’re pregnant and after you’ve given birth. You’re In Good Company One of the most common…

  • Incontinence

    What’s Your Type? (Of Bladder Leaks)

    There are so many different ways of talking about urination. We’ll say things like “my bladder is full,” “I have to relieve myself,” or even “I need to pee!” Everyone needs to empty their bladders – it’s a normal part of life. But when you find you’re having urine leaks, you may well not want to talk about it. Ladies who leak are often very embarrassed by it. But you’re not alone! Incontinence is very common. 45% of women ages 40-60 — and 1 in 3 women overall — experience bladder leaks. So, millions of women are in your same situation. How your bladder works To understand which of the…