Kegel exercises are widely recommended for men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer. In some cases of prostate cancer a radical prostatectomy is required where the prostate is removed and kegel exercises can really help with regaining control over urination and other symptoms.
The prostate is a gland in the reproductive system of a male. Its function is to produce a fluid that makes up around 50% of a man’s semen. The fluid is alkaline as it helps the semen to neutralise the acidity of the vaginal tract. This is important as it increases the length of the sperms life considerably. The prostate also helps expel semen during ejaculation. The prostate is connected to the bladder and the urethra.
Prostate cancer can cause erectile dysfunction, difficulty urinating and complications during sexual intercourse. Depending on the stage and severity of the disease there are many different treatments. The treatments can range from on-going surveillance to surgery or chemotherapy. Some surgery will involve the prostate being removed. This is called a radical prostatectomy. Prostate cancer is very common all over the world especially in more developed countries. There has not been enough research to identify why this is but suggestions include westernised diets that are high in red meat and dairy products.
This video gives an in depth over view of the prostate and prostate cancer.
Kegel Exercises and Prostate Cancer
Kegel exercises are used by prostate cancer sufferers. It is advisable to carry out kegel exercises if you have had your prostate removed and if you haven’t! Kegel exercises can help men to improve the control over their urine leakage. This is especially a problem after having surgery to remove the prostate. Urinary incontinence can affect men whilst doing any activity including lifting or moving so it is a great relief when the symptoms get better. Research that was published in the Journal of Urology in 2003 showed that men who carried out kegel exercises regained urinary control quicker than those men who didn’t. It is advised for all prostate cancer sufferers to undertake Kegel Exercises. If you have a catheter then you should not start kegel exercises until it is removed.