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Why men should also see a pelvic floor therapist

why men should see a pelvic floor therapist

21 October 2020

Problems in the pelvic floor? “That’s a thing for women. Men are not bothered by that.” This bias exists in many men. As a result, they don’t talk about it and they continue to struggle with problems such as pain in the penis or anus, urine leakage and / or erectile dysfunction. A pelvic physiotherapist can help prevent and solve those pelvic floor problems.

There are obvious reasons why Pelvic Floor Therapy is normally associated with women’s health issues. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is far more prevalent in women than men, especially pregnant women. Although this is true, there is still a fair amount of men suffering from symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Common pelvic floor problems for men

Here is a list of examples of typical men related pelvic floor problems.

Pain complaints in the pelvic (bottom) region:

  • Pain around the anus
  • Spasms in the anus and anal fissures
  • Pain in the scrotum
  • Pain in the penis
  • Tailbone or pelvic pain
  • Groin pain or pain in the lower abdomen

Bladder problems:

  • Frequent (urge to) urinate and / or urinate small amounts
  • Not being able to hold in your urine
  • Reduced stream with urination
  • Difficulty starting to urinate
  • The stream during urinating is broken / stuttering
  • Loss of urine
  • Dripping urine

Bowel problems:

  • Often the urge to defecate
  • Feeling of inability to stop stool loss
  • Constipation or not being able to relieve properly / completely

Sexual problems

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Problems with ejaculation

By recognizing that you suffer from a problem or complaint, you take the first important step towards healing / recovery. A pelvic floor specialist can help you understand the reasons behind your symptoms, track down the problem and give you targeted exercises. Most of the problems listed above can be solved with the right exercises.

We always recommend seeing a local pelvic floor expert if you suffer from any of the problems above. For quick preliminary advice you can also fill out the online pelvic test.

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