Reducing Your Risk of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is often a symptom of another condition. It cannot always be prevented.
In some cases, incontinence can be prevented by:
- Emptying the bladder regularly
Performing exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, such as
Kegel exercises, especially if you are pregnant or have given birth
Making lifestyle changes, including having a healthy diet (such as, avoiding irritating fluids such as caffeine or alcohol), exercising, losing weight, and
Fecal and urinary incontinence in adults: clinical effectiveness to reduce the risk of urinary incontinence. National Library of Medicine website. Available at:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK38515. Accessed May 19, 2017.
3/5/2013 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance.
http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T900573/Urinary-incontinence-in-women: Boyle R, Hay-Smith EJ, Cody JD, Mørkved S. Pelvic floor muscle training for prevention and treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;(10):CD007471.
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date:
- Update Date: