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Is Pelvic Floor Therapy for Men?

A lot of pelvic rehab is focused around supporting women or AFAB (assigned female at birth) people, so it’s easy to make the assumption that pelvic floor therapy is just for folks with vaginas. Although pelvic floor therapy can support people with endometriosis, vaginismus, as well as pregnancy and postpartum related issues, pelvic rehab also supports AMAB (assigned male at birth) people.

Why might an AMAB person see a pelvic floor therapist? Do AMAB people even have a pelvic floor?

Everyone has a pelvic floor! As a reminder, the pelvic floor muscles are situated within the bottom of your pelvic bowl, and assist in urination, defecation, sexual satisfaction, and supporting your pelvic organs. If you’re assigned male at birth, you might seek out pelvic floor therapy for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:

Urinary Issues

Maybe you’re experiencing sudden increased urgency to urinate that’s disrupting your daily routines and ability to concentrate at work. Or you’re noticing some difficulty in initiating your stream when you do feel you have to go to the bathroom. Maybe you’re having some difficulties in staying leak free as you get old, or post medical interventions like surgery, radiation, or prostatectomy.

GI dysfunction

Many people don’t realize that pelvic floor therapy can help with GI related dysfunction, including chronic IBS, constipation, and fecal incontinence. Additionally, pelvic floor therapy can provide management strategies for rectal prolapse and hemorrhoids.

Pelvic Pain and Prostatitis

Have you been experiencing consistent pelvic pain, and your doctor diagnosed you with prostatitis, but nothing seems to be making it any better? Maybe you had a bad tailbone injury a few years prior that never seemed to heal, and an increase in stressful events in your life has led to feelings of tightness, restriction or discomfort when sitting or trying to pass stool. Other possible diagnoses that pelvic floor therapy could address would be pudendal neuralgia, or interstitial cystitis. Through an individualized plan, pelvic floor therapy can help address pelvic pain and support you in returning to the activities you enjoy.

If you are interested in how Embrace can help you navigate your pelvic health, book an appointment with us!

This article was written by Mirah Sand OTR/L. They are a pelvic floor occupational therapist who is certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist, and

has received advanced pelvic health training through Herman and

Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

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