Many men go to the gym and exercise their bodies to stay fit. Most people want to mark muscle and chocolate bar on the abdomen, but what about muscles that can’t be seen with the naked eye? Because, even if you can’t see it, men’s pelvic floor muscles are also important to be strong. And it’s important if you care about your health and sexual performance.
Can or should men strengthen the pelvic floor?
There is often talk of women’s pelvic floor, but little is said about men, right? If you’re a girl you’re more likely to have read something about Kegel exercises and probably also about the famous Chinese balls. But guys, this goes with you too!
Are Kegel exercises good for all men?
In general, Kegel pelvic floor strengthening exercises are good for most people, not just women, but men! But beware: there are very specific cases in which they can be harmful.
What men should not practice Kegel exercises?
a physiotherapist of the pelvic floor, reminds us that the practice of these exercises “is always essential to be under professional supervision, since every man and his muscles function differently”.
As Pazos points out, in principle, these exercises would not be indicated for men with muscular hypertonia, since in this case muscle relaxation would be the priority. This hypertonia “is always advisable to be diagnosed by a pelvic floor professional”, although there are some “indicators such as constipation, pain if there is anal penetration and discomfort when sitting or physical activity.
Similarly, the physiotherapist does not recommend exercises in the following situations:”if there is constipation and the musculature makes it difficult to pass stool due to excessive tone or lack of synergy; if there is a device placed inside the urethra; or in cases where it is affected by pelviperineal inflammation”.
Which men can perform Kegel exercises?
Kegel exercises can be done by men who, even if they don’t have any kind of problem, want to strengthen their muscles to improve in the sexual area and avoid long-term problems.
Which men should do the Kegel exercises and why are they essential?
There are certain cases in which not only must Kegel exercises be performed, but they become absolutely necessary. Let’s see which ones:
If you regularly practice continuous impact sports such as running, horseback riding, athletics, trampoline jumping, tennis, or basketball. And also some types of dance that, in the long run, weaken the pelvic floor.
If you have stress urinary incontinence, that is, leakage of urine when sneezing, coughing, laughing, or performing any small effort or physical activity. This is a sign that your pelvic floor has low muscle tone and you need to strengthen it.
Men with erection problems or premature ejaculation, since learning how to locate the pelvic muscles and strengthen them is essential for achieving an erection, as well as in the control of ejaculation.
If you are a man who has undergone prostate surgery, it is also necessary to strengthen the pelvic floor to regain muscle tone as much as possible and avoid urinary incontinence as a matter of urgency (intense and urgent need to urinate often).
Finally, as indicated by the physiotherapist, Kegel exercises are also necessary in rectum or anus pathologies, in which they are indicated, and prolapse (decline of organs).