Fact: Men DO have a pelvic floor

Men are subject to pelvic floor dysfunction, its not just a ladies issue. Incontinence, pain, prolapse can all affect men too!

Its rarely spoken of at the blokes Friday night drinks in the garage, or at the footy, and is certainly a difficult conversation that is had at home with your loved ones. But its an issue that can be managed!

The pelvic floor are a sling of muscles, extending from the pubic bone at the front, through to the tail bone at the back. They consist of intricate fibres which create different functions to help control the flow of urine and faeces, in sexual function, in providing support to the pelvic organs within the abdominal and pelvic cavities, and in giving you postural control and support.

If you are experiencing issues with the waterworks or bedroom activity, it is important to be checked by your GP first, as some of these disorders can be indicators of other health issues, such as heart disease or diabetes.

A Pelvic Floor / Continence Physiotherapist is able to do a thorough assessment to determine the reasons for your symptoms, and develop a treatment plan for you. Whilst it may appear daunting to address these problems, be assured there are different ways to assess the pelvic floor, and Real Time Ultrasound is an option which is less invasive and gives you the ability to see how the pelvic floor works. It is suitable for most, but assessment methods will be discussed with you at your appointment, and be dependent on your presentation.

Pelvic floor strength and relaxation exercises, a general exercise regime, stretching and bladder training techniques are some of the things that may be implemented to help with your pelvic health issues.

Men, there is no need to suffer in silence with your pelvic health issues. See your health professional and discuss if Physiotherapy might be an option for you!

For more information, visit www.continence.org.au.

Katie Drage
Physiotherapist, Total Concept Physiotherapy, Halls Head WA