Pelvic floor exercises aren't only for women, and can help more than just incontinence. Kegel exercises for men may help erectile dysfunction and improve sexual function.
Kegel exercises — a method of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles — are most often associated with women and urinary incontinence. Incontinence is a catch-all term for a collection of dysfunctions that Kegel exercises can improve. But Kegels also strengthen muscles involved in sexual function, particularly in men.
First, some anatomy basics
The pelvic floor is a nearly identical structure in men and women. This layered “sling” of thick muscle, tendons, and ligaments attaches to your pubic bone in the front and your tail bone (coccyx) in the back and stretches from sit bone to sit bone on either side. Pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) function as a supportive bed for the pelvic organs — bladder and bowel in men, and bladder, bowel, and uterus in women.
These muscles also have passages for the urethra and anus in men and women, and an additional opening for the vagina in women. Normally, the pelvic floor muscles wrap tightly around these openings, which are further reinforced at the urethra and anus by sphincter muscles.
February 19, 2018
Janet O’Dell, RN