5 Easy, All-Natural Ways to Stop Peeing So Much

Smart tweaks to stop the leaks.

Medically reviewed in January 2022

Updated on October 10, 2022

woman going to toilet, womens restroom
1 / 6

You're grocery shopping, distractedly pushing your full cart through aisle 5, when suddenly, you're seized by the need to use the bathroom—badly. Does this sound familiar? If it consistently happens eight or more times in 24 hours, you might have overactive bladder (OAB), a condition defined by the frequent, pressing urge to urinate, occasionally accompanied by leakage.

Don't panic. Unlike many other conditions, treating OAB often begins at home, with a combination of simple exercises, diet modifications, and behavioral strategies. Here's how to get started—after seeing your healthcare provider (HCP), of course.

Woman works in her office.
2 / 6
Do your Kegels

The first line of defense against OAB is exercising to strengthen your pelvic floor. Your HCP will likely prescribe Kegel exercises, during which you:

  • Contract your pelvic muscles as if you were trying not to urinate
  • Hold that position for 10 seconds
  • Release, rest a few seconds, and repeat 10 times

Do this 10 times over the course of a day, anywhere you can, to help prevent leakage. Bonus: Kegels are thought to improve your sex life and reduce the risk of female genital prolapse, in which your uterus or vagina fall out of their normal positions. 

Hourglass sits on deck.
3 / 6
Try bladder training and scheduled voiding

Along with Kegels, your HCP might assign you a series of exercises meant to increase control of your urine. The first, bladder training, involves holding your urge to pee for a little longer each day. With practice, over time, you should be able to consistently reach a restroom to avoid accidents.

Your HCP may also recommend timed voiding—essentially, training yourself to go to the bathroom at certain times throughout the day. As you progress, you can extend the time between trips. This is especially helpful for those with a rigid schedule—like teachers, who must hold their urges until class is over—or office workers with frequent meetings. 

Closeup of a glass of fizzy soda.
4 / 6
Change your diet—and watch those fluids

What you eat plays a big role in OAB, since certain foods irritate your bladder, worsening the need to urinate. To alleviate symptoms, try cutting back on:

  • Chocolate
  • Spicy foods
  • Tomatoes and tomato products
  • Artificial sweeteners like saccharin or aspartame
  • Acidic foods like citrus fruits and vinegars

Keep a record of foods that aggravate your OAB can also be helpful—you'll know what to look out for in the future.

Fluids are an issue for people with incontinence, as well. Restrict your intake before long trips, extended meetings, or any event where you'll lack bathroom access. Don't dehydrate yourself, however, since it can aggravate OAB. Additionally, try to limit or steer clear of coffee, tea, alcohol, soda, carbonated drinks like seltzer, and beverages containing artificial sweeteners, all of which can mean bad news for your bladder.

Woman works out with weights.
5 / 6
Drop weight

Researchers have found a connection between OAB and excess pounds; the more overweight you are, the higher your likelihood of developing the condition, perhaps due to added pressure on the bladder. Excess weight also increases the risk of leaking urine.

That means that slimming down may alleviate symptoms. In fact, one study in the Journal of Urology found that losing weight can lead to "significant improvements" in incontinence.

Woman writes in her journal.
6 / 6
Keep a bladder diary

In addition to behavioral changes, you can start recording what actions, occurrences, foods, or drinks seem to bring on your OAB symptoms. You'll keep your bladder diary—sometimes called a pee diary or voiding diary—for at least three days. In it, you'll record when and how much you urinate, along with what events precede each trip to the bathroom. The diary isn't just for your own knowledge—it will also assist your HCP in identifying what triggers your OAB, which will, in turn, benefit treatment.

Slideshow sources open slideshow sources

Mayo Clinic. Overactive bladder. May 3, 2022.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Pelvic Floor Muscle (Kegel) Exercises for Women to Improve Sexual Health. Last updated December 18, 2018.
UCUrology. Female Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Symptoms, Types, and Treatment Options. July 24, 2022.
Cleveland Clinic. Overactive Bladder. Last reviewed September 13, 2022.
Carolina Urology. Overactive Bladder. Accessed October 10, 2022.
Subak LL, Richter HE, Hunskaar S. Obesity and urinary incontinence: epidemiology and clinical research update. J Urol. 2009 Dec;182(6 Suppl):S2-7. 
Al-Shaiji TF, Radomski SB. Relationship between Body Mass Index and Overactive Bladder in Women and Correlations with Urodynamic Evaluation. Int Neurourol J. 2012 Sep;16(3):126-31.
Urology Care Foundation. It's Time to Talk About OAB. Accessed October 10, 2022.

More On

Do I Have an Overactive Bladder or Something Else?


Do I Have an Overactive Bladder or Something Else?
Many issues can cause you to urinate a lot. Learn what's behind those frequent trips to the bathroom.