Managing Incontinence at Work

Managing Incontinence at Work
Try to keep you bladder empty. If it's full, it is more likely to leak.

Drink no more than 3 or 4 glasses of liquids at work, and limit caffeine, which makes your body produce more urine.

Plan Bathroom Visits

  • Empty your bladder often to avoid problems.
  • If possible, gradually add 15 minutes to the amount of time between bathroom visits. This will train you to hold urine for long meetings. But act on any feelings of urgency.

Build Stamina

  • Flex and release your pelvic floor muscles to help prevent leaks. 
  • Some people leak when they stand up. To prevent this, squeeze pelvic floor muscles as you stand. This exercise can also help you reduce a strong urge to urinate. Quickly tense and relax the muscles several times.

Wear Dark Clothes

If you're concerned your co-workers might see wet spots on your clothing, wear dark colors that won't show the contrast between wet and dry fabric. This tactic should be a safety net, not a solution to your problem.

Be Prepared

  • If you're a woman prone to leaks when you exert yourself, wear a tampon, which provides bladder support. You can use up to 2 tampons per day, 6 hours each (stick to these limits to avoid toxic shock syndrome). It can give you peace of mind during a busy day. 
  • If you have an important meeting, an incontinence pad may be a good back-up plan. Some people worry that co-workers will smell urine, but incontinence pads often have built-in odor protection.

Maybe You Need Medication?
If lifestyle changes don't reduce your urge to urinate, ask your doctor about medication. Prescription drugs for overactive bladder may reduce your need to excuse yourself from meetings.