Massachusetts General Hospital

Natural ways to control urinary incontinence

Q: I often have a problem leaking urine when I cough or sneeze or get the urge to go. I would rather avoid medication. What else can I do?

A: You have lots of company. An estimated 45 percent of women experience some form of urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. That's almost half of all women! It's a very big deal. Urinary incontinence can negatively affect physical and emotional well-being. For example, women may avoid going out because they're worried about having an accident away from home.

Here's what else to do besides medications or surgery.

First, talk to a healthcare provider: There are readily identifiable medical factors that can cause...