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.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018 -
  • Update Date: 01/22/2019 -