Natural Remedies for Incontinence

Incontinence can be daunting, worrisome, embarrassing: you name it. Natural remedies for incontinence in women, and in men, are out there. Here are some natural treatments for incontinence that you can try at home to help manage it:

Kegel exercises

These can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

Lose weight

If you have some weight to lose, do your best to try and lose it – it will take pressure off the bladder.

Keep a voiding diary

Write down what you eat, drink, and when you go to the bathroom. This can help you to see what foods and/or drinks can be triggering or exacerbating incontinence.


This mineral can help with muscle function. Magnesium-rich foods include pumpkin seeds, spinach, corn, bananas, and beans.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a vitamin that promotes bone and muscle strength. Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to incontinence. Vitamin D can be found in fish, dairy, and also by exposure to sunshine.

Quit smoking

Any way you look at it, smoking is unhealthy. Smoking can even cause incontinence because of chronic coughing, which can be a risk factor for developing stress incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Stay away from soda, coffee, and alcoholic drinks. They are diuretics, meaning they stimulate muscle contractions and can irritate the bladder. Carbonated drinks can also worsen bladder irritation.

Check your medications

You may be taking medication, which can make your incontinence worse. This can include blood pressure medication and sedatives. Read up on all the side effects.

Drink enough water

Hydration is important to health, even when suffering from incontinence. Not drinking enough can lead to constipation, dehydration and kidney stones. Record your water intake in your voiding diary.

About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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