3. Know where the restrooms are located.
Familiarize yourself with all the restrooms on your floor, especially when you're on a visit to a different office or at a conference.
4. Give yourself an exit.
"The power spot at most work meetings is at the front of the room, but I give up the power spot," says Plaut. "I sit as close to the door as I can." Sit in the back of the room and at the end of the aisle for presentations.
5. Know your triggers.
Stay away from obvious OAB triggers in work situations -- coffee and anything else with caffeine, acidic drinks like orange juice, chocolate, and spicy foods.
"Save them for at home when you have more control over when you go," says Ellsworth. In addition, many people with OAB have noticed other factors that trigger the urge to urinate -- like cold weather. "Pay close attention to these triggers, especially on days with more hectic schedules."
6. Plan your travels.
Choose airline seats ahead of time if at all possible so that you can have an aisle seat near the restroom.
7. Make friends.
Solicit help from flight attendants when traveling. For example, explain your situation, and ask if they can let you know ahead of time when the seat belt light is about to come on so you can go to the bathroom first.
If you're making a fast connection, flight attendants or gate agents may be able to help you speed to your gate in time for a bathroom break.
8. Involve your boss.
Most supervisors will be reasonable about scheduling regular bathroom breaks.
"You don't have to go into detail," says Ellsworth. "Just explain that you have a bladder condition that requires that you go to the bathroom every two hours, or whatever your schedule is."
Ellsworth and most doctors who treat patients with OAB will write letters confirming the condition so that the boss doesn't think it's just an excuse to get another break.
9. Kegel, Kegel, Kegel!
The pelvic floor contractions called Kegels are a great way to keep your bladder muscles strong in general, and you can do them without people noticing.
Even if you haven't been doing Kegels regularly, if the urge to urinate hits, a quick series of pelvic floor contractions can sometimes abate that sensation until you can get to the bathroom.