Top 5 Signs of Male Pelvic Floor Dysfunction:

Pelvic floor dysfunction in men can significantly impact bladder, bowel, and sexual function, as well as interfere with daily activities such as sitting, driving, working out, lifting heavy objects, and maintaining a regular morning erection. The following signs are among the most common indicators, though this list is not exhaustive.

1. Frequent Urination

Frequent urination is abnormal and may require medical attention. While an enlarged prostate is often considered, it’s not the only cause of frequent urination, which may include peeing before and after meetings, restarting urine flow repeatedly, or waking up multiple times at night. Pelvic floor muscles can contribute to the urgency to urinate, especially in men under 50.

2. Difficulty with Bowel Movements

Using the bathroom should be straightforward. If you need to push, strain, concentrate, or perform “toilet gymnastics” to have a bowel movement, pelvic floor dysfunction might be the cause. Even if your stools are regular but ribbon-like or pellet-like, or if you experience sharp abdominal or rectal pains necessitating frequent bathroom visits, these symptoms indicate a problem. We can help improve your bowel function and overall comfort.

3. Changes in Erection Quality or Frequency

Pelvic floor muscles surround the nerves and blood vessels essential for erections. Insufficient blood flow through the pelvis can lead to penile discoloration (purple or blue tint), uneven erections, a firm but shrunken appearance, inadequate hardness for penetration, or a complete lack of erection. Addressing these issues can restore normal function.

4. Post-Orgasm Pain

Experiencing soreness or pain after an orgasm is not normal and can significantly dampen libido. If you find yourself in pain after sexual activity, pelvic floor dysfunction might be the culprit. We can help identify and alleviate this discomfort.

5. Pain or Heaviness in the Lower Abdomen, Groin, Buttocks, or Tailbone

Pelvic floor pain is often misdiagnosed. Many patients suffer for years without improvement because they haven’t received a comprehensive evaluation. Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause heaviness or dull pain in the lower abdomen, tailbone pain, buttock pain, pain while sitting, itching or burning pain in the groin or inner thighs, sacral or sacroiliac joint pain, hip pain, or lower back pain. These symptoms can stem from trigger points or restrictions in the pelvic floor, which may refer pain to various areas.

Seeking Help

If you’re unsure whether your symptoms are related to pelvic floor dysfunction, we offer a free 20-minute consultation (phone or in-person) with a licensed physical therapist and pelvic floor specialist. This can help you determine if your issues are pelvic floor-related and find the answers you need.

Don’t let pelvic floor dysfunction hold you back. Give us a call today.

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