Guys, Should You Do Kegels? 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

BLOG-KEGELS-MEN.png1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime according to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, men who develop prostate issues are also at a higher risk to develop urinary incontinence, according to the Urology Care Foundation. Kegel exercises have been shown to help strengthen the muscles of the bladder which in turn helps control urination. If you're new to bladder leakage and you're interested in Kegels you first want to discuss with your doctor. Before we get into the questions to ask your doctor let's discuss some background on Kegels.

Dr. Arnold Kegel invented the Kegel exercise in 1948. Kegel exercises focus on the pelvic organs including the bladder and rectum. Essentially the pelvic floor muscles are squeezed and held for 5 seconds and then released for a number of repetitions. Not only does this form of exercise help prevent leaks and the urge to void, but it also has been proven to help with sexual dysfunction.

We know leakage is embarrassing. The constant worry of a wet spot on your pants, or sprinting to the bathroom to get to the toilet can be frustrating. With the help of doing Kegels on a daily basis, you can strengthen your bladder to help control, or lessen those leaks. The nice benefit of Kegels is that they can do be done at home and although weights are sometimes used, no equipment is required to do them. 

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If you are a man who is experiencing some type of bladder leakage, then you can ask your doctor if Kegels are an option for you. Here are some important questions you can ask at your next doctor's appointment. 

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Kegels 

Be sure to ask your doctor during your visit if these exercises will work for you. The more information you have, the smoother your appointment will go. 

  1. Are Kegel exercises suitable for my lifestyle? If you're unable to move a certain way or have difficulty with certain exercises, Kegels may not be an option. Discuss your limitations and personal exercise preferences with your doctor. 

  2. Should I do Kegel exercises for managing bowel leakage? Your anal sphincter along with your pelvic floor is responsible for holding in any gas or stools so if your situation allows, you may want to confirm with your doctor if this will help with any bowel leakage that you have. 

  3. What ways will Kegels effect my sexual health and performance? It's possible that Kegels help with erectile dysfunction, so ask your doctor what other ways Kegels can benefit you specifically. 

  4. How do I know if I am doing Kegels correctly? Most people do Kegels wrong and it takes practice and consistent practicing for them to "work" on those pelvic muscles. Be sure to ask your doctor if he or she recommends specific videos or pelvic floor therapists that can show you how to do them. 

  5. How will Kegels affect my prostate? Discuss with your doctor if you should be doing Kegels. If you have Prostatitis or other pelvic conditions it may not be recommended. 

After you decide with your doctor if  Kegel exercises will work you may also be looking for absorbent products you can wear in the meantime. Be sure to use absorbent incontinence products designed for men such as male guards, absorbent underwear, and tab-style briefs. NorthShore is here to help you find the best product for your needs. 

Incontinence Products for Men

Whether you're an active man still working or retired, it's important to have products that you can use to prevent leaks at all times of the day. NorthShore carries an array of products that help with light to heavy bladder leakage. Some of the most popular male products 

NorthShore offers are the NorthShore™ DoubleStop™ XL Male Guards and the NorthShore™ DynaDry™ Supreme Liners.  Both products can be used in snug-fitting underwear and have adhesive to secure in tight-fitting underwear. 

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To request free samples of these products please go to our online request form or call us at (800) 563-0161.

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Sources:

US National Library of Medicine

Urology Health Organization