The Real Reason Men Need to Look After Their Pelvic Floor

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

Did you know that over 5 million Australians of all ages experience bladder or bowel control issues and around 1 in 5 older Australians and 1 in 20 younger Australians are incontinent? Incontinence costs us $42.9 billion p.a., which equates to $9,014 per person.

Are you (or a significant man you know) suffering in silence? Let’s take a look at the symptoms:

  • Urinary frequency

  • Urinary urgency

  • Nocturia (frequent night time urination)

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Hesitancy (difficulty initiating urination)

  • Intermittent urine stream

  • Terminal dribble (a prolonged final part of urination, slowing down to a dribble)

  • Post micturition dribble (an involuntary loss of urine immediately after toileting)

  • Excessive straining

These symptoms are not something that you should have to put up with. If incontinence is treated conservatively, 75% are either cured or significantly improved.

In addition, a short mention on the infamous Prostate and a little condition called Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) which can present with the above symptoms.

BPH also known as prostate gland enlargement is a common condition that occurs in men where the prostate gland gradually enlarges over time. Most men will develop some degree of BPH during their lifetime and a number of individuals will experience incontinence as a result. Just to reiterate, these symptoms are treatable!

It is important to note that BPH is NOT prostate cancer! If you are concerned about Prostate Cancer you should make a visit to your GP for prostate cancer screening? This is even more important if you can check off any off the following list.

  • Age > 50

  • A family history of prostate cancer or;

  • Have had an onset of urinary symptoms such as those mentioned above

Assessing and Treating/Managing the Male Pelvic Floor