Urinary incontinence (UI) in men isn’t as common as it is in women, but it is still a condition that can affect men. Uncontrollable urination or urinary incontinence occurs in eleven to 34 percent of older men, but it is not just an age-related issue. Younger men can also experience UI due to health problems.
The biggest issue with UI in men is that they are less likely to speak with their doctors about it. This means, the statistics could actually be much higher for men. Discussing the problem is the first step towards addressing the symptoms and finding a treatment.
Urinary incontinence often leads to the accidental leakage of urine from the body, so it can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. A man can feel a strong, sudden need to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine. For some people, this condition may be the reason why they stopped enjoying certain activities, like sports and exercise. It can also cause a lot of emotional distress.
Home remedies for male urinary incontinence
Lifestyle and home remedies can be beneficial in treating and controlling male urinary incontinence. Below you will find some of these lifestyle changes and home remedies to try in order to better manage your urinary incontinence.
- Reduce or stop drinking carbonated or caffeinated beverages
- Limit alcohol to one drink a day max
- Eat less of the foods that could irritate the bladder, such as citrus foods, chocolate, tomatoes, vinegars, spices, dairy products, and aspartame
- Quit smoking if you smoke
- Avoid constipation, as this adds stress and pressure to the bladder
- Lose weight if you are overweight
- Try pelvic floor exercises like Kegels which work as if you are trying to hold in urine
- Set a urination schedule every two to four hours
- Make a paste from the skin of a pomegranate, add a pinch to water and consume twice daily
- Consume toasted horse grams for several days
- Eat sesame seeds mixed with jaggery to control frequent urination
- Make a powder of the fenugreek seeds, mix with ginger and weed seeds, as well as with honey or water – consume twice daily
- Consume boiled spinach to help balance the excess of urine flow
- Eat more apples, sweet potatoes, raspberries, beans, bananas, brown rice, and cherries to relieve constipation
- Practice bladder control exercise by holding in your urine for longer periods of time throughout the day – be mindful that holding in your urine for too long when you really have to go can increase the risk of infections, so don’t do it to the point where you are in pain.
- Pay attention to your medication which could worsen urinary incontinence
By combining these home remedies along with your prescribed treatment you can have greater success in managing your urinary incontinence.