What Types of Things or Situations Make Incontinence Worse?

Make Incontinence Worse

One way to manage incontinence symptoms is to understand what kinds of things make it worse. Here are some things that make incontinence worse to look out for:

Certain medications

Check labels and talk with your doctor if you notice that any medications you are taking worsen incontinence. Common culprits include antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, sleep aids, diuretics, and decongestants.

Some foods

Not all foods impact everyone the same way. It can be helpful to keep a food diary to track how certain foods affect your symptoms. Foods that are known to worsen incontinence include spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices (such as grapefruit, lemons, and limes), caffeine, chocolate, sugar and acidic foods (such as tomatoes). Again, your experience is unique to you so track to discover your problem foods.


It may seem counterintuitive, but it is important to get adequate fluid intake with incontinence. That said, you want to avoid overwhelming the bladder with too much liquid at once. Stay hydrated and avoid overconsumption of alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Not sure if it has caffeine? Always read labels, some medications also contain caffeine.


Body systems work together in ways we don’t always understand. Constipation can worsen symptoms of incontinence by causing mixed nerve signals. When nerves get the “full” signal related to constipation the bladder may receive the signal as a cue to empty. Get plenty of fiber to keep your digestive system running smoothly. Most men need an average of 38 grams per day. Good sources of fiber include beans, oats, almonds, and chia seeds. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.


If you smoke, quit. Worsening incontinence is one of the many health problems associated with smoking. Talk with your healthcare provider for support and ideas for breaking the habit. You may even get some help from your employer or insurance provider. Increase your chances of success by getting clear about your motivation for quitting…and making an accountability plan. 


If you are above a healthy weight for your body type and age, lose weight. Excess weight makes it more difficult to manage incontinence. Again, talk with your healthcare provider, employee assistance plan or family and friends to develop a plan that is best for your lifestyle and goals.


This is your classic chicken and egg scenario. Incontinence causes stress and stress contribute to incontinence. Find a regular way to manage stress and incontinence. In fact, good strategies include exercise, yoga, gardening, enjoying friends, sports, deep breathing, and Men’s Liberty. Men’s Liberty provides secure protection you can count on. Stop stressing about leaks and accidents. Men’s Liberty is an easy way to manage incontinence, so you can stop worrying. Call Men’s Liberty today.