Pelvic floor exercises are often associated with women who are tightening up their pelvic floor after childbirth. However, they can also help with a wide range of men's health issues as the pelvic floor is essential for the control of your bladder and bowel, as well as having a role in erectile function during intercourse.
Performing Kegel exercises on a daily basis can help your pelvic floor in a number of ways. Kegels help to maintain strong and healthy sexual function. They can help you to gain stronger, healthier and better erections through toned pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor exercises can help to tackle incontinence, treat erectile dysfunction, and help with premature ejaculation.
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How Are Male Pelvic Floor Disorders Treated?
The development of a pelvic floor disorder can impact you both emotionally and physically. Strengthening your pelvic floor through Kegel exercises is a natural and quick way to help eradicate pelvic floor problems, and prevent them from returning.
- Male incontinence - Male Kegel exercises are a fantastic way to strengthen your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor is responsible for squeezing your bladder when it's time for you to go to the toilet, and preventing leaks. By improving the condition of your pelvic floor muscles, you will be able to go longer between toilet breaks, and be able to empty your bladder fully when it's time to go - reducing the risk of incontinence.
- Prostate health - As you exercise your pelvic floor muscles, the muscle contractions massage the prostate, helping to remove harmful toxins which can build up inside.
- Erection problems - Kegel exercises are a first-line treatment for erectile dysfunction and impotence. It has been medically proven that 6 months of pelvic floor exercises are as effective at treating erectile dysfunction as prescribed medication. These exercises are a natural way to improve your erection; and as your erections grow stronger, as will your orgasms! Premature ejaculation can also be addressed through precoital masturbation; increase in frequency of sexual activity; manual or physical manouvers that are intended to delay ejaculation.
If you're finding it difficult to perform your pelvic floor exercises, you can try using a biofeedback tool to target the correct muscles and measure your progress. Other treatment options for male pelvic floor disorders include:
- Drug therapy - You may be prescribed a muscle relaxant from your doctor to prevent your pelvic floor muscles from contracting. However, you must remember that using medication will not help you strengthen your pelvic floor and will not prevent further disorders from developing.
- Relaxation techniques - You can reduce pressure on your pelvic floor by avoiding to strain whilst using the bathroom. You can also try exercises such as yoga and stretching to relax your pelvic floor muscles. However, like with medication, this will not directly strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
- Surgery - If you have suffered a pelvic floor disorder you may have to undergo surgery to repair the problem. Performing Kegel exercises daily can help you to minimise the risk of developing a pelvic floor disorder.
Using an Electronic Pelvic Floor Toner to Exercise the Pelvic Floor
Using a male electronic pelvic toner to strengthen your weakened pelvic floor can help your muscles recover in only 3-6 months; allowing you to enjoy life, stress-free.
The Kegel8 V For Men Pelvic Toner is designed specifically for men and stimulates 90% of your pelvic floor muscles, compared to 40% stimulation during manual exercises, meaning you see strong results much earlier. The electronic pelvic toner is extremely easy to use, giving you an effective pelvic floor workout whilst you sit back and relax.<!–– ADD IMAGE [98.1 Image of a male pelvic toner]-->
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What Other Ways Can You Help Your Pelvic Floor Muscles?
Apart from exercising your pelvic floor muscles regularly, there are a number of ways for you to improve the condition of your pelvic floor. These include:
- Bracing your pelvic floor muscles by squeezing up and holding each time you cough, sneeze, or lift anything.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Taking care when lifting heavy loads.
- Ensuring you're drinking enough fluids daily.
- Trying to avoid constipation.
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