Managing Bladder Leakage at Work
Lengthy meetings, tight deadlines, a long shift. If you’re worried about leakage while on the job or taking frequent bathroom visits due to an overactive bladder, here are six strategic steps you can take to reduce your anxiety and avoid accidents.
Disclose your condition in confidence. Depending on your circumstances and your comfort level, you may wish to explain your frequent bathroom visits to your boss or to the appropriate human resources professional in your workplace. Or you may prefer to keep it private; that’s entirely up to you. If you decide to share, you don’t need to provide any details beyond the simple explanation, “I have a medical problem that requires treatment.”
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Sit near the exit. When there’s a meeting on your agenda, arrive early and choose a seat nearest the door. That way, should you have to excuse yourself, it will be less conspicuous and less disruptive.
Avoid caffeine and too much water. Reaching for another soft drink or coffee refill while in those long meetings or shifts can become an automatic reflex. Think before you drink. The caffeine in coffee (and in tea) acts as a diuretic, increasing your need to go. Naturally, drinking lots of water will also exacerbate the problem. But so does not drinking enough, so strive for the right balance of just enough liquids.
Practice Kegels throughout the workday. Kegel exercises are a way of managing leaks from stress incontinence and you can do them anywhere, any time. To perform Kegels, contract the muscles you would use to stop the flow of urine. Hold the contraction for three seconds and then relax. Do this eight to 10 times, at least three times a week.
All Work and No Worry!
There’s no reason leaks should interfere with your workplace responsibilities and continued success. With the right approach, managing leaks can be all in a good day’s work.