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Tips for Dealing With Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Here's help coping better with your overactive bladder.
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12 Tips for OAB at Work

 

  1. Put your work routine to good use. Scheduled toileting – emptying your bladder regularly on a schedule -- may help you control OAB symptoms.
  2. They share your pain: 38% of men and 22% of women with OAB said they're worried about interrupting meetings.
  3. Create a support network. Educate your co-workers about OAB and your experiences with it.
  4. Women: Need a little help to avoid leaks during a hectic work day? A tampon or pessary (like a diaphragm) can give that bit of support your pelvic tissues need.
  5. It's 10 a.m. and you need a pick-me-up. As tempting as a piping hot cup of coffee may be, caffeine can cause leaks. It may be time to go herbal!
  6. Talk with your boss about situating your cubicle or work station closer to the bathroom.
  7. Your workday may be hectic, but your bathroom breaks shouldn't be. Take plenty of time to completely empty your bladder.
  8. Time fluids carefully. Take a bathroom break before you start work and before meetings.
  9. Worried about a wetting accident? Keep fresh clothes available at work.
  10. Make use of meeting time: Do Kegel exercises. For three seconds to five seconds, tighten the muscles that control urination. Rest for 10 seconds. Do 10 repetitions.
  11. Avoid that cup of coffee when the 3 o'clock blahs hit. Caffeine is a diuretic and can encourage leaks when you have OAB.
  12. Don't let OAB take a toll on your work life. OAB isn't a normal part of getting older. Talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes and medications that can help.

Managing a full and busy work day can be a challenge for those with OAB, but with a few well-planned breaks, some timing, and a little help from your boss or co-workers, it can be done!

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