Male Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health. We usually think this is for people who were born with uteruses, right?
What if I told you that men (or people born with penises) also have pelvic floors, and that there are unique issues that can arise in this population? For people born with penises, there is a specific set of problems that can arise when these muscles become less functional. No matter how you came into this world or how you identify now – you have a pelvic floor.
Is the pelvic floor any different in this population? Not really. The bones of the pelvis are slightly more narrow, but the placement of the musculature is extremely similar. The differences are found in the organs of the pelvis and their functioning. Pain can arise in this area due to dysfunction in the muscles or the organs themselves. Symptoms that can indicate dysfunction in the muscles in this area include:
- Pain with intercourse
- Difficulty controlling the urge to urinate
- Constipation or pain with bowel movements
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
All of these symptoms or functions of the pelvis are heavily reliant on muscle function, and if your muscles are not 100%, you may benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy. Some other reasons people with penises may consult a pelvic floor physiotherapist are Peyronie’s disease, pre and post-prostatectomy care, chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain, and gender affirmation care.
Having pain or dysfunction down there is always difficult and can be really challenging to cope with. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can help manage the physical discomfort and address many of the problems in the tissues.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms – or have questions about whether pelvic floor physiotherapy can help you – give us a call!
Louise Fonteyne, Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
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