Do you know how to spot pelvic floor problems in men?
If you are a woman you may think that only women suffer from pelvic floor problems because they have periods and give birth. However, men can also suffer from pelvic floor problems. If you have a boyfriend, husband, son, or other male relative or friend, you should read this article. It will teach you how to spot the signs and symptoms of pelvic floor problems in men.
Signs and symptoms of pelvic floor problems in men
Men may have pelvic floor dysfunction if they have the following symptoms:
- Frequent need to urinate - men who always have to go to the bathroom may be having problems with pelvic floor muscles that are too tight. They may also have problems having complete bowel movements and flows of urine.
- Constipation - data that’s been crudely extrapolated on studies done on people with pelvic floor problems suggests that about 50% of people with constipation may also suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. This includes men. Constipation occurs when anyone (not just men) has trouble having regular and complete bowel movements.
- An excessive effort to defecate - men who have to move around, strain, or pull poop out of their butts with their hands often suffer from problems with their pelvic floor muscles.
- Uncontrolled bowel movements or urine flows - these men have to wear a diaper because they often have small bowel movements or urine flows when they are not sitting on the toilet.
- Difficulty or pain when urinating - men with pelvic floor muscle problems often have difficulty starting and keeping a constant flow when urinating. It’s not uncommon for them to stop in between a urine flow because it’s very painful. This may be even if they haven’t completely emptied their bladders.
- Random lower back pain - men who experience lower back pain that suddenly comes and goes without any rational explanation often suffer from problems with their pelvic floor muscles.
- Continued feelings of pain in the butt region - men who suffer from problems with pelvic floor muscles may feel as though they are experiencing a constant ‘pain in the butt!
- Difficulty in performing - men with pelvic floor muscle problems may experience trouble getting and maintaining an erection. This can cause problems in terms of their sexual performance.
Men suffering from pelvic floor muscle dysfunction need to seek immediate medical attention. They can suffer from loss of mobility in their pelvic floor muscles. They can even suffer from bad infections otherwise.
If you know a man who suffers from any of these symptoms, do the following
You need to ask the men in your life questions about their pelvic muscles. These include questions that are designed to gauge how they are faring in terms of their abilities to have regular bowel movements and urine flows. If the answers to any of the questions you ask regarding the symptoms mentioned above are ‘yes,’ tell the men in your life to see a doctor immediately. Early diagnosis can make a world of difference in terms of treating problems with pelvic floor muscles.