Men’s Pelvic Health
Did you know that 1 in 10 men will experience urinary incontinence (UI). No matter how light, you should not accept this as normal. You don’t have to live with it or suffer in silence. In most cases, bladder problems can be cured or better managed.
What is normal bowel function?
Being ‘regular’ is a way of describing good bowel habits or normal bowel function. Being regular really means that soft, yet well-formed bowel motions, are easily passed and that this happens anywhere from 1-3 times a day to 3 times a week. These stools should take minimal effort to empty and you should feel empty and satisfied when you leave the toilet.
All men are at risk of prostate problems and this risk increases with age. The prostate can enlarge, become inflamed or be a site of cancerous growth.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the persistent inability to attain and maintain an erection sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual performance.
Men of all ages can experience erectile dysfunction. The overall prevalence of ED in Australia is estimated to be 40%.
Peyronie’s disease is a non-cancerous condition resulting from fibrous scar tissue that develops on the penis and causes curved, painful erections.
Penises vary in shape and size, and having a curved erection is not necessarily a cause for concern. However, Peyronie’s disease causes a significant bend and sometimes pain in men.
Persistent Pelvic Pain
Men with pelvic pain often suffer in silence and feel very alone. Chronic or persistent pelvic pain syndrome is the most common urologic issue in men and affects 1 in 12 men in Australia.
Persistent pelvic pain is a condition where persistent or recurrent episodes of pain is experienced for more than 6 months. This pain can be experienced in the testes, penis, perineal area, anus, lower abdomen or groin area.
Persistent pelvic pain has complex causative mechanisms that involve not only muscles and pelvic structures, but sometimes also the peripheral nervous system and central nervous system (nerves and brain).
MPFP assists many men with a variety of pelvic floor disorders, including men pre- and post- prostate surgery, with bladder symptoms, voiding problems, bowel control, constipation, pelvic pain and erectile dysfunction. Our men’s health physiotherapists work closely with your urologist, urology nurse and you to achieve the best possible outcome.
How healthy is your Pelvic Floor??
- Do you experience urine leakage related to physical activity, coughing or sneezing?
- Do you experience any urine leakage related to the feeling of urgency?
- Do you experience frequent urination?
- Do you have difficulty emptying your bladder?
- Do you experience pain in the lower abdominal or genital area?
- Do you experience pelvic discomfort after standing, lifting, carrying or physically exerting yourself?
- Do you experience night-time urination more than once?
- Do you plan your daily routine around where the nearest toilet is?
- Are you unsure if you are actually contracting your pelvic floor muscles correctly or have been trying to and do not seem to be improving?
- Do you experience bowel problems such as poor wind control, soiling, urgency or difficulty evacuating your bowels
If you answered YES to any of the questions then one of our friendly pelvic floor physiotherapists can help you.