Learn why pelvic health is for everyone. As physical therapists, we debunk the myth that pelvic issues are strictly women’s problems and uncover how they affect men as well.

When you hear the term “pelvic health,” what comes to mind? Most people think that it’s strictly a woman issue related to pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. However, pelvic health is for everyone – and that includes men!

When we think of pelvic health, we often assume it’s a problem that only women have to deal with. However, in reality, men can and do experience pelvic health issues. Problems with the pelvic region can cause significant discomfort and affect your quality of life. As physical therapists at The Pelvic Docs, we believe that pelvic health is something everyone should consider. In this blog post, we will debunk the myth that pelvic issues are strictly women’s problems and uncover how they affect men as well.

Let’s dive shall we?

Prostate Issues

One of the most common pelvic health issues that affect men is prostate problems. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men after skin cancer. In addition to cancer, the prostate gland can also become enlarged, causing a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms of BPH include difficulty starting or stopping urination, weak urine stream, and the need to urinate frequently. Physical therapy can help manage BPH symptoms, and some studies suggest that regular exercise may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Urinary Incontinence

Another issue that affects both men and women is urinary incontinence, or the involuntary loss of urine. While women are more likely to experience urinary incontinence than men, it’s still a prevalent issue that men face. One common cause of urinary incontinence in men is prostate surgery. However, other factors can contribute to urinary incontinence, such as nerve damage, weak pelvic muscles, or obesity. Treatment options for urinary incontinence may include pelvic floor muscle exercises, bladder training, and lifestyle modifications.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem that affects many men. According to the Cleveland Clinic, ED affects about 40% of men over the age of 40, and the prevalence increases with age. While ED can have various causes, one factor to consider is pelvic floor muscle function. The pelvic floor muscles play a critical role in achieving and maintaining an erection. Pelvic floor physical therapy may help in improving pelvic floor muscle function and decreasing ED symptoms.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain syndrome is another pelvic health issue that affects both men and women. Pelvic pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain in the pelvic region. In men, pelvic pain can be caused by prostatitis, which is the inflammation of the prostate gland. Other potential causes of pelvic pain include nerve irritation, muscle spasms, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Physical therapy can help relieve pelvic pain symptoms by strengthening pelvic muscles, improving range of motion, and reducing inflammation.

That’s a Wrap

Pelvic health is essential for everyone and not just women. Men can experience a range of pelvic health problems that can significantly affect their quality of life. From prostate issues to erectile dysfunction and pelvic pain, physical therapy can help manage and reduce symptoms. At The Pelvic Docs, we understand the discomfort and embarrassment associated with pelvic issues and want to help men overcome their symptoms. We encourage men to take control of their pelvic health by seeking the help they need and scheduling an initial evaluation by calling us at 855-331-7522. Remember, pelvic health is for everyone!

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