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Men have a pelvic floor too!

The floor of the pelvis is made up of layers of muscle and other tissues. These layers stretch like a hammock from the tailbone at the back to the pubic bone in front. A man's pelvic floor supports his bladder and bowel. The urethra and the rectum pass through the pelvic floor muscles.

A man's pelvic floor muscles can be weakened by:

prostate gland surgery

straining to empty your bowel (constipation)

heavy lifting

a cough that goes on for a long time (such as smoker's cough, bronchitis or asthma)

being overweight

not being fit

The pelvic floor muscles are important for bladder and bowel control. They also help sexual function. It is vital to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong. Men suffer from various issues related to the pelvic floor just like women do, only less often. They suffer from overactive bladder more frequently than any other form of incontinence. Some men experience not only overactive bladder, but also urinary frequency, urgency and nocturia which is the urge to go in the middle of the night. Frequent urgency is essentially the same thing as an overactive bladder. When the bladder is contracting frequently, you feel like you have to go before your bladder is actually full. Men are less likely to suffer from stress urinary incontinence than women, but it happens in about 3% to 10% of men. Incontinence usually happens when there has been damage to pelvic floor structure due to trauma, prostate surgery or neurological injury to the spinal cord. Some men also suffer from sexual dysfunction like erectile dysfunction. Some experience this post prostate surgery and others for various reasons. Incontinence and erectile dysfunction are more common with aging, but men should not have to suffer.

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