How to Manage Incontinence at Work
by Gary Sattin on Oct 13, 2022
If you’re someone who has to manage incontinence at work, you know firsthand just how uncomfortable and stressful this activity can be. If this is something you’re struggling to control, know that many others experience the same condition. The good news is, there are ways to make it easier for you. We share a few different ways that you can make navigating incontinence at work a more comfortable task to handle.
1. Let Your Boss Know
It’s easy to feel self-conscious when you have to make several trips to the restroom throughout the day. This is especially true if you find yourself frequently excusing yourself from meetings as a result of your condition. Though it may seem an uncomfortable subject to bring up to your boss, they’ll appreciate your honesty. They should have no complaints about you ever having to take a few extra breaks in the workday.
2. Create a Schedule
Though you’ll likely allow yourself to use the restroom whenever you have the urge, a schedule will help you set aside specific times each day. Be sure to scratch out a few minutes in between meetings or important tasks to know you’ll have time set aside to do so. You can also schedule your water intake around these breaks, taking drinks a half hour before your lunch or other scheduled breaks.
3. Avoid Irritants
A morning cup of coffee may seem essential, but it can irritate your bladder and increase your need to urinate. Anything with caffeine or acidic ingredients can make you far less comfortable at work, so it’s best to avoid them if possible.
4. Exercise While Working
There’s no need to take actual breaks to exercise, as you can work to strengthen your bladder at your own desk. You can flex your pelvic muscles while sitting and standing to increase the strength of your bladder. Try to hold and release your pelvic muscles ten times every hour.
5. Ask Your Doctor About Medication
There are a few different medications that can improve your bladder strength, and you can ask your doctor if you’d be eligible for any of them. Your doctor made prescribe you a medicine that will help relax your muscles and prevent spasms.
6. Use Incontinence Products
There are several revolutionary adult incontinence products on the market that can help keep your mind at ease. The best part is, they’re just as comfortable as they are effective. Stock your desk with some of these items so that you always have some on hand in the case of an emergency.