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Incontinence in the workplace

Incontinence in the workplace

Incontinence affects many people around the world. It can be nerve racking to deal with, but remember you are not alone. When working you may find it hard to cope, as the unpredictable nature of incontinence can cause stress, this blog is made to help you deal with this.

Plan Your Bathroom Breaks

One of the most effective ways to manage incontinence at work is to plan your bathroom breaks. Try to go to the bathroom at set times throughout the day, regardless of whether you feel the urge to go or not. This can help train your bladder to hold urine longer and reduce the likelihood of accidents.

Use Discreet Products

There are many discreet incontinence products available. These products can help you feel more confident and secure while at work. Make sure to choose products that are comfortable and fit well, and consider changing them at regular intervals to maintain their effectiveness.

We offer a variety of incontinence products including: bed pads, all-in-ones and pull up pants. We can help you assist in finding the right fit and absorbency level to prevent leaks and skin irritation, just call our free help line at 0808 196 2070 or email us at and we will happily help.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water is essential for overall health, but it can also help manage incontinence. Aim for around 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, but be mindful of your body's signals. If you feel the urge to go, don't hold it in for too long, as this can lead to leaks and discomfort. We have a blog on this you can read here.

Practice Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which can improve bladder control and reduce incontinence symptoms. To do Kegel exercises, simply squeeze the muscles you would use to stop the flow of urine and hold for a few seconds, then release. Aim for three sets of 10 repetitions per day. For more information on Kegel exercises read our blog.

Manage Your Diet

Certain foods and drinks can exacerbate incontinence symptoms, such as caffeine, alcohol, and spicy or acidic foods. Try to limit your intake of these items, and focus on a diet rich in fibre and water-rich fruits and vegetables to promote healthy digestion and bladder function. For information on a good diet for bad bowels read our blog.

Communicate with Your Employer

If your incontinence is affecting your work, it may be helpful to discuss the issue with your employer. This can help you arrange for any necessary accommodations, such as more frequent bathroom breaks or a change in job duties.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Despite your best efforts, accidents can still happen. It's a good idea to keep a spare set of clothes and incontinence products at work, just in case. This can help you feel more prepared and confident, knowing that you have a backup plan in place.


Incontinence in the workplace can be challenging, but with the right strategies and support, you can manage your condition effectively and maintain your professional life. By following these tips and seeking help from your healthcare provider, you can feel more confident and in control while on the job.

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