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Kegels Can Help Men With Incontinence Too

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The term ‘Kegels’ is commonly associated as an exercise that’s customarily designed for women. Kegels are the go-to exercise for women to perform in an effort to minimize episodes of incontinence in a safe, natural, and effective way. This exercise is especially popular in groups of women who have just given birth are in need of an easy method to strengthen their pelvic muscles.

However, studies have shown that not only are Kegels beneficial for women with incontinence, they have the ability to be very useful for men, as well. Yes, you read that right; Kegels can help men with incontinence! Men, if your pelvic muscles are growing weaker with age and your incontinence occurrences are becoming more frequent, it may be time to add Kegels to your daily routine.

Incontinence in Men

Incontinence in men is an issue that occurs more frequently than most would think. Many times, male incontinence starts with the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles which severely affects the overall support this is needed by the bladder and urethra. From there, any sudden movement such as running, jumping, sneezing, coughing, laughing, and even walking too fast, can incite urinary leakage; more commonly known as stress incontinence. If you find that you suffer from stress incontinence, do not fret; the treatment process may be a lot simpler than you think.

Kegels… For Men?

Studies have shown that participating in Kegel exercises on a daily basis can help to strengthen your pelvic muscles, and therefore, improve your stress incontinence.

Way back in 2005, the Journal of European Urology conducted a study with 300 post-prostatectomy incontinence patients in 2 groups of 150. The first group was assigned to perform Kegel exercises on a daily basis, while the other group as assigned nothing. In a matter of 6 months, 95% of the patients in the first group gained full control over their continence and did not experience any episodes of leakage. Not to mention, 19% of those same patients were able to eliminate their incontinence problem within the first month, alone. From this research, it’s fair to say that Kegel exercises truly have a positive effect on incontinence.

It’s true that Kegels may have a ‘womanly’ connotation but regardless of its stature, it’s proven to be a helpful method of naturally treating male incontinence through the strengthening of the pelvic muscles. Surprisingly enough, the pelvic floor muscles play an important role in the overall health of both men and women. It’s essential to have strong pelvic muscles in order to attain proper bladder function, bowel function, and peak sexual health. And the best way to keep our pelvic muscles in superb condition is through the consistent performance of Kegels.

Kegels Are Even Effective For Other Issues

If you do not suffer from male incontinence but other symptoms such as:

  • Frequent constipation
  • Uncontrollable bowels
  • Erectile disfunction 
  • Being overweight

Then your pelvic floor muscle may be suffering and in need of daily strengthening exercises, such as Kegels. However, if you find that your Kegel exercises are not improving any of the issues listed above, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss a treatment plan that would work best for your specific needs.

Wearever Is Here to Help

Building your pelvic strength through Kegels to prevent male incontinence is something that takes time, consistency, and patience.

Therefore, until a noticeable difference is observed, be sure to always have your Wearever incontinence briefs on in case of any incontinence leaks during your Kegel exercises. If you are not experiencing results immediately, do not panic; results will come in time as long as you are making a conscious and consistent effort to perform your Kegel exercises routinely.