Men Have a Pelvic Floor Too!
There’s a lot of publicity given to incontinence in women during their lifespan but a large percentage of men suffer from urinary control issues too. Men’s health issues related to the pelvic floor are not always related to prostate surgery however, it is commonly required for men who undergo radical prostatectomy procedures for prostate cancer treatment. Ideally, these exercises are started prior to your surgery.
Lower urinary tract symptoms (or LUTS) are divided into two sets of problems – storage problems and voiding problems and include:
a) Frequency (going more that 6-8 x per day)
b) Urgency (a severe eye-watering desire to wee)
c) Nocturia (weeing during the night) and
a) Hesitancy (hard to start weeing)
b) Intermittent stream (stop/start)
c) Terminal dribble (dribble towards the end of the wee)
d) After dribble (small dribble as you walk away from toilet)
e) Straining (pushing to empty) and
f) Incontinence (loss of urine)
Men’s Health – Did You Know?
- LUTS are almost as common in men as they are in women
- Weeing during the night is the most common symptom of LUTS in both women and men
- In a study of 40000 men between 45 &79 years of age, 75% of them had some LUTS symptoms – SO IT’S REALLY COMMON!
- Male LUTS symptoms are not necessarily related to any changes in the prostate
- More people have storage LUTS than voiding LUTS
- Studies have shown that only 1/3 of males & females with these symptoms seek help
- Bladder retraining, medications, education have all been shown to be effective