Problems with Continence
Problems with our waterworks often result from diseases of the prostate, treatments, or simply the ageing process. These tend to fall into two categories: urgency and lack of control.
Pelvic floor exercises for men
The muscles of the pelvic floor are kept firm and slightly tense to stop leakage of urine from the bladder or faeces from the bowel. Pelvic floor muscles can become weak and sag because of surgery, radiotherapy, being overweight, lack of exercise, poor posture, or just getting older. Weak muscles give you less control, and you may leak urine, especially with exercise or when you cough, sneeze or laugh. (This is called ‘stress incontinence’).
Pelvic floor exercises help strengthen these muscles and involve tucking your bottom in and pulling your pubic bone up in front and holding it there for a few seconds. This should be repeated 100+ times daily, so self-discipline is needed to keep at these exercises. Fast walking can also help. Both the exercises and fast walking have also been shown to improve erectile function.
Although there is no firm evidence that doing pelvic floor exercises prior to treatment is beneficial, this can do no harm, and it may well help to get into the habit of routinely exercising the right muscles.