Men DO urinate more frequently with age – but THIS quick exercise can support the bladder

The pelvic floor is often linked to pregnant women, but men need to strengthen the muscles too, according to Consultant Urologist, Neil Halder.

Both men and women can benefit from doing simple pelvic floor exercises.

Pelvic floor muscles help to stop incontinence, treat prolapse and can make sex better.

You can feel your pelvic floor if you try to stop the flow of urine when you go to the toilet - although it’s not recommended to do this often, as it can be damaging to your bladder.

“The pelvic floor is often associated with pregnant women and exercises to support post-baby bodies,” said Halder.

“However, it is also important for men to strengthen their pelvic floor to help maintain urinary health, reduce the risk of incontinence, and improve sexual health and core physical strength.

“While many men develop the urge to urinate more frequently as part of the ageing process, little do they know a strong pelvic floor can help support the bladder and bowel; helping with problems with being ‘caught short’.

“There are a variety of reasons why men can develop urinary problems, from undergoing a health treatment or surgery, to being overweight or constipated.”

Daily exercises could help to maintain a strong pelvic floor, Halder added.

To strengthen the muscles, squeeze your pelvic floor 10 to 15 times in a row, while sitting down.

While squeezing, don’t hold your breath or tighten your stomach, the NHS recommended.

After a while, try holding each squeeze for a couple of seconds. You can add more squeezes every week, and should begin to notice the results after a few months.

Having a strong pelvic floor can increase the sensitivity during sex, and can even cause stronger orgasms for women, the NHS added.

Erectile dysfunction symptoms could also be reduced in men after strengthening the muscles.

Meanwhile, discomfort in womens’ pelvic floor could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

Other symptoms include back pain, a change in bowel habits, pain during sex, and unintentional weight loss.