What do I do if I pee in public?
Experiencing a bladder leak can be embarrassing and stressful, especially in public. Yet, millions of people experience leaks every day with minimal impact on their quality of life. The secret is preparing for leaks before they happen.
Here are a few tips for managing incontinence:
- Wear protective hygiene products every day and carry extras with you in case you need a fresh product.
- For bladder leakage, a pad or protective underwear will help keep you dry, comfortable, and odor-free.
- Be sure to keep adult washcloths handy for easy clean-up and disposable bags for storing soiled clothing or products.
- Always travel with an extra set of clothing, just in case.
- Try scheduling regular bathroom visits (yes, even when you don't "have" to go) to avoid unexpected leaks.
- Plan your route when you're traveling to include enough bathroom stops.
- If you're visiting a new place of business or friend's home, ask when you arrive where the bathroom is.
If you're with a loved one and they experience a leak in public, try to stay calm as you help in any way they need – whether it's escorting them to a bathroom or helping them leave a public event.
Here's the good news: there's a variety of ways to manage and treat incontinence—from lifestyle changes to medication to physical therapy. With the right solutions, a person can easily manage and, in some cases, even reverse symptoms.
If you or a loved one are experiencing leaks, it's time to visit a doctor or healthcare provider. Together, you can determine which type of incontinence you're dealing with and the best treatment options.
When you take control of incontinence, leaks can't stop you from living life to the fullest.
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