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Men also have a pelvic floor

The pelvic floor supports the organs in the abdomen. It consists of layers of muscles and tissue and, in men, encloses the urethra and anus.

The importance of these muscles is often underestimated by men. However, in cases of incontinence following prostate surgery or erectile dysfunction, the pelvic floor plays an important role.

Pelvic floor exercises for men

Targeted exercises are worthwhile. Anyone can integrate this exercise into their daily life:

  • Sit upright on a chair with a hard seat, keeping your legs parallel to the floor, hands flat on your lower abdomen
  • Breathe in deep into your abdomen
  • As you breathe out, try to draw your penis towards your navel. This tenses the muscles in the pelvic floor. Make sure your gluteal and abdominal muscles are relaxed
  • When you next breath in, relax your pelvic floor again
  • Repeat the exercise ten times

Doing this regularly can lead to improvements within a couple of weeks. If your issues continue, we recommend you visit a doctor.

Brigitte Stucki-Fleischli

By Brigitte Stucki-Fleischli, physiotherapist and qualified homeopath in Reinach (BL)

Pelvic floor exercises for women

In women, it ensures that the bladder, uterus, vagina and intestines stay where they're supposed to. It contributes a lot to well-being. Read how to recognise a weakened pelvic floor and what exercises you can use to strengthen it.

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