Updates on living with OAB and incontinence

This is an update on the trials of dealing with over active bladder, incontinence and a pessary.I finally was back in the doctor's office last Thursday at the horrid hour of 7:30 am. I was her first appointment and ready to start a trial that might make my life better.She showed me this round object that resembled a white diaphragm in size and shape with a small bump on one side. The bump was to support my urethra....more

How Do You Know If You Have a Prolapsed Bladder?

When it first started to happen, I laughed it off. Every once in a while, I sneezed, coughed or laughed and a few drops of urine escaped. I shrugged it off. It was only once a month or so. I changed my underwear and moved on. Then it began to happen a little more frequently, but this wasn't an issue. I began buying micro-liners made for urinary incontinence and kept going. I never mentioned it to my doctor. I was not going to speak to this young man about that! I lived with it for around a year, a very small amount of leaking every day. A few drops or so, just slight staining on the pad. ...more
Thanks for bringing this up. I have the same problem and your post has encouraged me to talk to ...more

Celebrate National Bladder Health Awareness Month With a Gift and Learn More About Incontinence

The National Association for Continence has designated November as National Bladder Health Awareness Month.   Creating awareness of this widespread health issue is a great way to get the dialogue going and to help pave the way for discussion with ones health care professional.   After all, bladder health greatly impacts ones wellbeing.   A study conducted by Always Discreet and published in the British Journal of Urology International online June 24,  2014 found that bladder leaks are taking a toll on women globally.  Not exactly the global common gro...more
HomeRearedChef Thanks Virginia for your words.  I too am glad it is being discussed openly, as I ...more

Traveling - Holiday or Not - Incontinence need not be a show stopper!

I love holidays where there’s nothing much to do except relax at home.  But every so often, I love leaving home behind, so I can experience wonderful places and my friends and family around the world.  In fact, anyone who knows me thinks that I’m never home, although that’s not exactly true.  What is true, is that I love the entire adventure, including the part most people dread - the actual travel portion. I really enjoy air flight, appreciate all the technology that keeps us in the air (I still think it’s magical) and the beauty of the skies....more
SunbonnetSmart.com HI Robin:  Thanks much for sharing this information so those who would like ...more

Pelvic Floor Exercises for Pregnancy, Sex, and Peeing when you Sneeze

      Having a healthy pelvic floor, doing some pelvic floor exercises, and getting the pelvic floor ready for pregnancy and childbirth, as well as postpartum recovery is a remarkably overlooked aspect of women's health. Pelvic floor exercises, going beyond the old "just do kegels" stand-by, are essential to proper bladder function, increased sexual satisfaction, childbirth, and postpartum recovery....more

VLOG UPDATE: Women's Health Symposium Synopsis

This is a total VLOG post.  While I am glad to have that option (thanks BlogHer), I prefer writing, as I can edit more easily.  In fact, this VLOG is not well edited, as I don’t have the technology or the expertise.  So, please forgive the glares, the umms, the reading and my glasses. ...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com Hi Robin:  I did some research and found that some "experts" think US ...more

Only When I Laugh

Suffice it to say, if you see a woman of a certain age laughing her pants off, it is probably in large measure safe for her to do so because of the reinforced panties she donned that morning. The bladders of older aged women do a lot of letting go and letting God without some sort of barrier intervention. ...more

Incontinence

"It was the first time that I've slept through the night in over 3 years." so said Nan* (not her real name), a woman who came to see me for help with leaking urine. If Nan went more than 2 hours without going to the bathroom, her bladder would suddenly release all of it's contents the minute she changed her position. That meant that if she was sitting down and stood up suddenly, she'd have an accident....more

Leaky Bladders! It's No Joke!

My friend, Katie called yesterday. The night before, she was at her monthly Bunco group, and after enjoying an appletini and was sitting in her chair, laughing at a friend's hilarious story about their kids. Suddenly Katie was laughing so hard that she literally pee'd her pants. "I couldn't control it," she blurted, "Luckily, I was wearing dark pants, and it was just a little bit, but that has happened since after I had my 2nd child....more

A Pleasant Side Effect of my Spinal Fusion

You know those leaky pipe commercials?  I had considered asking the doc about trying that drug because man, was I leaky.  The thing is, it's been this way for years.  I'd say at least five years.  Dr. B the family doc diagnosed it as stress incontinence and told me to do kegel exercises.  The symptoms just got worse once the oncologist threw me into menopause.  I kind of gave up hope on ever feeling feminine again, how could I when I had to always always wear a pad? ...more
That is wonderful that a side effect was actually a pleasant one for a change! I loved the ...more