Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Men

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Did you know that men also suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction?

Author: Katy Mackay

Pelvic floor dysfunction affects around one in ten men (and one in three women). It’s estimated that 52% of men between the age of 40 and 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction and between 11 – 31% suffer from urinary incontinence.

Men have a pelvic floor too!

The pelvic floor muscles help support the position of the pelvic organs during times of increased abdominal pressure, ie jumping, squatting, bending, and flexing. Ideally, these muscles function without us having to think about it. However, these muscles can be weak, tight or uncoordinated, leading to dysfunction. Unfortunately, many men will never seek treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction and instead, continue to suffer through the symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Leaking urine with sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercise
  • Sudden strong urge to urinate without much warning
  • Leaking stool from the back passage
  • Erectile dysfunction, such as inability to maintain erection

The pelvic floor muscles can become weakened or uncoordinated from the following reasons:

  • Chronic coughing
  • Chronic constipation/straining to empty bowels
  • Repetitive heavy lifting
  • Prostate surgery or other pelvic surgery
  • Being overweight

It’s important to get properly assessed so that your Men’s Health Physio can formulate an individualised treatment plan. At Movement Laboratory, we treat pelvic issues for all genders. We use a variety of different techniques to increase pelvic floor muscle control, improve awareness of contraction and relaxation patterns, and decrease symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, including pain, disability, and symptoms of incontinence.

Call our helpful reception team to find out which physiotherapist is best suited to you!

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