Men have a pelvic floor too! This means that although not as common as in women men can also suffer the inconvenient and embarrassing consequences of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. It is estimated up to 30% of men that present to their GP suffer some kind of pelvic floor dysfunction however 2/3 of them do not discuss it.
A male’s pelvic floor is very similar to females. It is a group of muscles that sits like a sling at the base of the pelvis - from the pubic bone at the front, to the coccyx (tailbone). These muscles support the bladder and bowel and the urethra and rectum pass through them.
- Many men suffer from urinary issues and sexual dysfunction as a result of prostate cancer in particular following prostate surgery – up to 40% of men will suffer incontinence post operatively.
- Younger men without any prostate issues are not immune to pelvic floor dysfunction, they may experience things such as urinary dysfunction or pelvic pain due to increases in training or stress
- Pre and Post Prostatectomy
- Urgency and Frequency
- Bowels issues such as constipation
- Pelvic pain
Pelvic health physiotherapy plays an important role in the assessment and treatment of any of these issues and often the response to conservative pelvic floor rehabilitation can reduce the need for more invasive medical intervention.