Kegel exercises for men can help improve bladder control. Exercising the pelvic muscles after surgical or radiation therapy can be part of a rehabilitation program that should also include the whole body.
Maintaining a healthy diet and daily exercise can all contribute to a more successful recovery. Kegel exercises for men can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder and bowel function. With practice, Kegel exercises for men can be done just about anytime.
Pelvic exercises strengthen the muscles weakened by the treatment. Many factors can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, including the surgical removal of the prostate (radical prostatectomy) and conditions such as diabetes and an overactive bladder.
You might benefit from doing Kegel exercises if you:
- Have urinary or fecal incontinence
- Dribble after urination — usually after you've left the toilet.
How to do Kegel exercises for men*
To get started:
- Find the right muscles. To identify your pelvic floor muscles, stop urination in midstream or tighten the muscles that keep you from passing gas. These maneuvers use your pelvic floor muscles. Once you've identified your pelvic floor muscles, you can do the exercises in any position, although you might find it easiest to do them lying down at first.
- Perfect your technique. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for three seconds, and then relax for three seconds. Try it a few times in a row. When your muscles get stronger, try doing Kegel exercises while sitting, standing or walking.
- Maintain your focus. For best results, focus on tightening only your pelvic floor muscles. Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Avoid holding your breath. Instead, breathe freely during the exercises.
- Repeat 3 times a day. Aim for at least three sets of 10 repetitions a day.
- Fit in a set of Kegel exercises every time you do a routine task, such as brushing your teeth.
- Do another set after you urinate, to get rid of the last few drops of urine.
- Contract your pelvic floor muscles just before and during any activity that puts pressure on your abdomen, such as sneezing, coughing, laughing or heavy lifting.
If you do your Kegel exercises regularly, you can expect results — such as less frequent urine leakage — within a few weeks to a few months. For continued benefits, make Kegel exercises a permanent part of your daily routine.
The use of the Pacey Cuff in conjunction with a Kegel exercise routine
The Pacey Cuff will not interfere with your daily Kegel exercise routine. You can continue wearing the Cuff during exercise. Use of the Pacey Cuff during exercise keep you drier and comfortable.