Tue 09, Jun 2020
For Men’s Health Week, 15 to 21 June 2020, the National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66 is answering questions around men’s bladder, bowel and pelvic health.
I experienced urinary leakage after prostate surgery and have been following what my health professionals told me about pelvic floor exercises. How do I know that they’re working?
There are some positive signs of progress that you can look out for. These include:
Even if you find you don’t experience leakage anymore, you may not regain your pre-surgery pelvic floor strength. It is important that you keep exercising your pelvic floor for life.
Do physiotherapists treat men with bladder, bowel and pelvic health issues?
Absolutely, physiotherapists treat a range of clients. Continence and Men’s Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists specialise in this area. Phone the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 to help find a suitable health professional that meets your needs. Our online service provider directory can also be found at continence.org.au.
I leak urine right after I’ve finished urinating at the toilet. Why does this happen and how can I stop it?
This is called after-dribble or postmicturition dribble. It occurs when the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis) is not completely emptied. It is due to the muscles around the urethra not contracting (moving) properly. This stops the bladder from fully emptying.
Take some big belly breaths to encourage relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles while urinating. Be patient and allow a little longer to allow the urine to drain.
There are different things you can try to minimise after-dribble:
This story was first published in Bridge magazine.
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