Urinary incontinence is often a symptom of other health problems. As such, it can't always be prevented. But, you can take steps to lower your risk of urinary problems by:
Drinking plenty of fluids each day. Urine should be a pale yellow if you're getting enough fluids.
Going to the bathroom at set times. Try to do this whether you need to go to the bathroom or not.
Not putting off trips to the bathroom. Go when you feel the urge.
Doing Kegel exercises to make the pelvic floor muscles stronger. Women can also do these during pregnancy and after giving birth.
Getting treated for health problems that contribute to incontinence.
Lifestyle changes such as:
Losing excess weight or keeping it in a healthy range. This lowers pressure on the bladder.
Quitting smoking. Smoking causes coughing, which puts more pressure on the bladder. Quitting will also lower the risk of bladder cancer.
Taking steps to prevent constipation. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Exercising will also help.
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Prevention of bladder control problems (urinary incontinence) & bladder health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/bladder-control-problems/prevention. Updated June 2018. Accessed January 22, 2019.
Last reviewed December 2018 by
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Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 1/22/2019
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