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Erectile or other sexual dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as ‘The inability to either obtain or maintain a rigid erection sufficient for penetration’. By age 40 between 9-40% of men will struggle with erectile dysfunction. This then increase by 10% every decade after 40.

Often the emphasis of pelvic floor muscle exercises and rehabilitation focuses on women, however pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is also common amongst men. There are two pelvic floor muscles that aid in erection these are Bulbospongiosus and ischiocavernosus. Strengthening exercises, or in the case of high tone and spasms relaxation exercises have been proven to be an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Studies show that 47% of men with ED recovered completely following a 4–12-month programme including pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback and electrical stimulation.

Bulbospongiosus is also responsible for ejaculation (PE). PE is among the most common sexual dysfunction problems experienced by men. It is also proven that targeted pelvic floor exercises are a proven to reduce PE by improving control and duration during intercourse.

Please note, there are other mechanism which effect ED and PE. You may also need medical, psychological support along-side physiotherapy intervention to aid with any vascular, neurological and behavioural/ psychological factors impacting your symptoms.

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