If you are living with bladder leaks, you’re probably wondering, “How do I take care of this problem? I want it to stop!” The good news is there are some things you can try at home. (You’ve heard of Kegel exercises but keep reading for more at-home help with bladder leaks.)
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According to the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many women find the following steps help reduce leaks, depending on what’s causing the incontinence. If you’re not sure what type of incontinence you have, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional to help with bladder leaks. A medical professional can give you a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
Doing Kegel exercises
If you have stress incontinence, Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles may help. Some women have urinary symptoms because the pelvic floor muscles are always tightened. In this situation, Kegel exercises will not help your urinary symptoms and may cause more problems. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your urinary symptoms before doing Kegel exercises.
Training your bladder
You can help control overactive bladder or urge incontinence by going to the bathroom at set times. Start by tracking how often you go to the bathroom each day in a bladder diary (PDF, 499 KB). Then slowly add about 15 minutes between bathroom visits. Urinate each time, even if you do not feel the urge to go. By gradually increasing the amount of time between visits, your bladder learns to hold more urine before it signals the need to go again.
Extra weight puts more pressure on your bladder and nearby muscles, which can lead to problems with bladder control. If you are overweight, your doctor or nurse can help you create a plan to lose weight by choosing healthy foods and getting regular physical activity. Your doctor or nurse may refer you to a dietitian or physical therapist to create a healthy eating and exercise plan.
Changing your eating habits
Drinks with caffeine, carbonation (such as sodas), or alcohol may make bladder leakage or urinary incontinence worse. Your doctor might suggest that you stop drinking these drinks for a while to see if that helps.
Smoking can make many health problems, including urinary incontinence, worse.
Your doctor might recommend that you eat more fiber, since constipation can make urinary incontinence worse. Eating foods with a lot of fiber (PDF, 166 KB) can make you less constipated.
Source: At-home steps content reproduced courtesy The Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, womenshealth.gov, January 31, 2019. Accessed at womenshealth.gov on June 12, 2020.