How can pelvic floor exercisers be used for men?
Pelvic Floor Exercisers can be used for men with the use of an anal probe instead of a vaginal probe for the treatment of urinary incontinence.
The same settings and programmes can be used on the machines, which can also be used with an anal probe for the treatment of faecal incontinence.
The stimulation cannot be restricted to one muscle group, and the mucosal tissue has different electrical characteristics, therefore anal stimulation is less comfortable than vaginal.
You should always consult your physician before starting treatment.
Faecal incontinence can be the result of weakened or poorly functioning anal sphincter muscles or damage to the nerves controlling them. The purpose is to re-educate the anal sphincter and other muscles of the pelvic floor to contract.
The treatments aim to progress towards graduated active exercises, in order to improve pelvic floor muscle strength and endurance and to regain function.
You may benefit from Pelvic Floor Exercisers if you either have no active anal sphincter contraction, or a weak or poorly sustained contraction.
Use the STRESS or TONE programmes.
Intensity should be as strong as possible without being painful. When possible, try to contract the muscles at the same time as the Pelvic Floor Exerciser.
Post Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence
Electrical stimulation has been found to help urinary incontinence in men after radical prostatectomy in some trials.
Use the same programmes as for vaginal stimulation.
Increase intensity in Stres, Mixed, or Tone programmes to the highest tolerable.