An uncontrolled loss of urine or urine leakage in adults can be a highly debilitating symptom that can hamper one’s self esteem, social life and even employment. Incontinence is a symptom and not a disease. If you also happen to experience pain, bloody, cloudy or tinged urine along with urine leakage, then it could be an indication of bladder infection or a UTI. See your doctor immediately if that is the case. Before we study some home remedies for urine leakage, let us cover the 2 types of urine incontinence.
Types of incontinence
There are two kinds of urine leakage; urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Urge incontinence comes from an overactive bladder while the other kind occurs when one laughs or sneezes etc. The latter is particularly common in women. Inappropriate urge incontinence can occur due to damage to muscles and nerves of that control the bladder’s holding ability. Kegel exercise or pelvic floor exercises can help with this issue.
Let us now study some home remedies for controlling urine leakage.
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a proven and effective natural remedy for an overactive bladder at night. Take 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar with a glass of water 3 times a day. You can also add a teaspoon of organic, local honey to it. This remedy also improves stamina, reduces hot flashes and can help with weight control too in post menopausal women. You can also use this remedy for stroke patients who have lost bladder control as well as for young kids with enuresis or bedwetting problem.
2. Completely cut gluten from your diet
To control urine leakage, completely eliminate gluten from the diet. Also avoid citrusy fruits and vegetables which irritate the bladder and cause frequent urination.
3. Kegels and pelvic floor exercises
This is not a popular remedy to stop urine leakage but it certainly is one of the most effective. If your doctor is recommending surgery for bladder control, then do try this option first. The simplest bladder control exercise is to squeeze the muscles in your pelvic region like you are trying to stop peeing. Every time you develop the urge to urinate, just contract your pelvic muscles and squeeze them until the urge goes away. Repeat this 5-6 times, and then empty your bladder. Make sure you use this technique several times a day. Over time, your muscles will get stronger. Also try some yoga poses that involve the groin area. Many people do Kegel exercises before bed to relax and sleep better and also control overactive bladder at night.
4. Mind over matter
One of the easiest ways to stop urine leakage is to train your mind. Ever notice how you suddenly develop the urge to ‘pee’ as soon as you put your key in the front door when you get back from work etc? So try and train your mind to convince it that there is a long way to the bathroom. For example, if you are on a flight that is just about to land, tell your mind that the pilot has just announced that you have at least 40 minutes to landing. These simple tricks can help train your mind to prevent embarrassing leaks.
5. Magnesium supplements
People over 50 are often deficient in Magnesium and it may be linked to incontinence. Therefore, taking 400 mg of this mineral daily can help prevent urine leakage. It is also one of the best natural remedies for frequent urination in males.
MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane. It is available in pill and cream and is an anti inflammatory remedy recommended to post menopausal women with overactive bladders. Take 500 mg twice a day. MSM is also beneficial for cystitis sufferers.
Nutmeg is a recommended Ayurvedic treatment for uncontrolled urination. Take ¼ tsp of nutmeg powder with water, coffee or milk everyday to see a difference in your symptoms.
8. Sitz baths
Soaking in a Sitz bath filled with cold water can also help you control urine leakage. Sit in the bath for at least 10 minutes making sure that your pelvis is completely in the water. Do this daily. Overtime, you will notice a huge improvement in your symptoms.
9. Herbs to stop frequent urination and overactive bladder
There are many herbal remedies to prevent urine leakage. Buchu leaves, garlic, oregano oil, black walnut, grapefruit seed extracts etc are some of the top remedies for incontinence. Also try a complete cleanse to clear away parasites and fungal infections. You can also take saw palmetto powder, corn silk and pumpkin seed extracts.
10. Vitamin B12
Take daily sublingual lozenge of methycobalamine or B12 daily. 1000 mcg can help prevent embarrassing urine leakage.
11. Train your bladder
Many people avoid drinking water because they are afraid of urine leakage. Instead, you must focus on training your bladder. Avoid drinking fluids 2 hours before bedtime. Also, try to go several times before leaving your home. If you are still unsure, then use panty liners or adult diapers to prevent embarrassment and stench.
Try these 11 natural home remedies to control an overactive bladder and prevent embarrassing urine leakage.