Top 10 Incontinence Triggers

If you find your incontinence worsening due to increased urination, something you are consuming regularly may be having a negative effect on your bladder. Try to avoid this list of 10 things that can contribute to incontinence symptoms.

  1. Alcohol
    To help prevent incontinence, try to avoid or limit alcohol consumption.It is a diuretic and can irritate the bladder.
  2. Carbonated drinks
    The bladder does not respond well to carbonation and caffeine so limiting your intake of fizzy drinks will help minimize symptoms.
  3. Chocolate
    The small amount of caffeine found in this popular treat can also worsen your symptoms.
  4. Citrus fruits
    Grapefruits, oranges, limes, lemons and tomatoes contain acid that aggravates the bladder.
  5. Coffee or tea
    Both of these liquids contain caffeine, which is a diuretic and bladder irritant.
  6. Fluids
    If you struggle with nighttime incontinence, make sure to reduce your fluid intake well before you go to bed.
  7. Frozen foods
    Artificial foods and colorings, chemicals and caffeine contained in frozen or packaged meals contribute to increased urination.
  8. Medication
    Heart medications, blood pressure-lowering drugs, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and other drugs are often diuretics; removing fluid allows the heart and other organs to work more efficiently, but can cause increased urges to urinate in those with incontinence.
  9. Spicy food
    Meals containing curry powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper can trigger incontinence in people who struggle with it, especially women.
  10. Sugar
    Foods containing honey, corn syrup and fructose can also aggravate your bladder.

If you are concerned about your symptoms or interested in more information about incontinence, call our discreet, dedicated medical concierge at 1.888.741.6403.


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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.

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