Dealing With Pelvic Pain For Males

Check With A Physical Therapist The Soonest

I know that when I’m in pain, my instinct is to do nothing. That probably comes from being a man- our culture has conditioned us to suppress all discomfort. However, certain kinds of pain are actually the result of an underlying issue that needs treatment before it worsens.

Pelvic dysfunction can manifest itself in any number of unpleasant symptoms, including sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence, but often times it goes entirely unnoticed until you injure yourself or develop some kind of chronic condition like Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Chronic Prostatitis. When the pelvic floor muscles become weak and out of balance with one another, they lose their ability to support your core properly.

How Long Does It Take To Heal Your Pelvic Pain

You may feel like it has been an eternity but you should not rush the process. There are many pelvic floor muscles (PFM) and they all need to heal, relax, and strengthen individually.

One muscle at a time is important because one muscle can affect another; if one muscle gets weak or tight then the other muscles around it will follow suit! One example of this is when your PFM are very tense after birth your bladder might not be able to fully empty itself every time you pee. If your PFM are super tight over time you can develop tears, fissures, or other types of problems that could make sex painful even long after the baby is born.

You can’t always tell from the outside what’s going on inside your body.  Your pelvic floor is a vital area that supports your organs, bladder, and sexual function.

It also holds in other muscles that support the urethra, vagina, and anus – sometimes these muscles can be too strong or too weak causing an injury called “pelvic organ prolapse” (POP).

Unfortunately, it’s very hard to diagnose POP because there are no outward signs of a problem.  In fact, many women who have POP don’t realize they have it until they start experiencing symptoms such as:

  • pelvic pain during sex
  • frequent urination or sudden urge to pee
  • discomfort when running or jumping

Treating A Pelvic Pain

Male pelvic floor pain (also known as male chronic pelvic pain syndrome) is one of the least treated forms of sexual dysfunction in men. Symptoms include groin or testicular pain, numbness.

There are various treatment options for male pelvic floor pain depending on its cause. For some cases, behaviour modifications can be enough to reduce the frequency of attacks and some can do therapy, know more on pelvic muscle and tissue therapy. These changes may include avoiding certain exercises which exacerbate the condition or modifying activities so that they don’t exert pressure on the pelvis.

Evaluation by a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor disorders is recommended since there may be additional risk factors (such as heavy lifting). Treatment of any coexisting problems such as an enlarged prostate will also help with this disorder.