Prostate Health

The Male Pelvic FloorIf you’re not quite clear on what exactly your prostate gland does, believe us when we say you’re not alone! However, despite many men being uncertain about the role their prostate gland plays, it actually holds a very key function within our bodies; it is responsible for the production of prostatic fluid, which is ejaculated during sex. Prostatic fluid is alkaline, and thus reduces the acidic environment of the vagina in order to help sperm survive. It is believed that this fluid makes up about 50-75% of what is expelled during orgasm [1]. Additionally, the prostate contains smooth muscle fibres that help to release semen.

Because the prostate surrounds the urethra, any problems are likely to present themselves as a change to the flow of urine; in some cases it will become a weak trickle. 50% of men that undergo prostate removal surgery experience a leakage of urine during the first 6 weeks after surgery. At the end of the first year after surgery, about 20% will continue having a significant problem with leakage [2].

It is estimated that approximately 60% of men who are aged 60 or over have some degree of prostate enlargement [3]. An enlarged prostate can constrict or block the urethra, thus restricting the flow of urine. This can contribute to urgency or frequency. Age related prostate enlargement has been associated with inflammation, which exercise can help to reduce.

It is vital that we take care of our prostate to ensure that it is able to carry out its job effectively, as well as reduce the risk of urinary problems. One such way of doing so is by performing pelvic floor exercises. Strengthening the pelvic floor won’t stop you from falling victim to prostate cancer and other illnesses; however, it will increase blood flow to the prostate which improves overall health. In addition, it can help to combat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate as well as rebuild strength before/after surgery. A small 2010 Italian study suggests that men who perform Kegel exercises one month before prostate removal surgery have less incontinence after. [2].

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Sources

[1] Wikipedia, (2014). Prostate. [online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostate [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].

[2] Allaboutincontinence.co.uk, (2014). Male Incontinence. [online] Available at: http://www.allaboutincontinence.co.uk/incontinence-in-men [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].

[3] Nhs.uk, (2014). Prostate Enlargement – NHS Choices. [online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Prostate-enlargement/Pages/Introduction.aspx [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].