“Problematic PFMs can result in uncontrolled leakage, dribbling, straining, staining, pain, urgency, frequency, and overactivity of the ‘pooing’ and ‘peeing’ functions, as well as erectile dysfunction that can greatly impact quality of life.
“All these issues can be assisted with simple understanding and activation of the PFMs, no matter your age or stage in life,” she said.
‘Don’t be ashamed’
Alan, a consumer representative for the Continence Foundation of Australia, experienced incontinence after having his prostate gland removed in February 2010.
The tipping point came three months after the operation. He was experiencing incontinence, and eventually found himself on the toilet, crying in frustration.
He took the important step of visiting a continence nurse/physiotherapist regularly and learnt to retrain his PFMs. He also learnt what precipitates leaking – heavy lifting, alcohol, caffeine – and has adjusted his lifestyle to avoid these situations as much as possible.
Alan is now passionate about normalising the subject of incontinence in men, rather than it being a taboo topic.
“Don’t be ashamed,” said Alan.