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    At Work With Urinary Incontinence

    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 there's a particularly busy day with a lot of stair-climbing or a company-sponsored hike, this is a good on-demand treatment," Comiter says.

    If you have an important meeting, an incontinence pad may be a good back-up plan.

    "They do protect from embarrassing social situations of leakage," Comiter says. "But a wet pad is a risk for UTIs, so pads must be changed regularly."

    Some people worry that co-workers will smell urine, but incontinence pads often have built-in odor protection.

    "Urine-soaked clothes present an odor, but pads come deodorized," Comiter says.

    Do 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.

    "They relieve the sensation of urgency, and they work reasonably well," Wein says.

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    Reviewed on August 27, 2015

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