In both men and women, weakened pelvic floor muscles are likely to cause loss of control of the bladder, known as urinary incontinence. Whether you are a man or woman, if you suffer from a weakened pelvic floor, you are likely to experience urinary incontinence. Some people who suffer from pelvic floor weakness also end up with fecal incontinence, or bowel incontinence, which is characterized by lack of control of flatulence and feces release.

When your pelvic floor becomes weak, you stand at great risk of developing incontinence and may not be able to find a solution without re-strengthening these muscles. Prescription drugs and surgeries may provide temporary relief but may also result in additional issues.

Sexual dysfunction or discomfort

Because of their strategic location, pelvic floor muscles have a direct effect on sexual function in both men and women.

In women, the pelvic floor muscles work to heighten sexual sensation by making the vagina tighter. That is why women are advised to contract these muscles during sex. It is important that women are able to control these muscles through kegel exercises, so they can improve their sexual experience.

In men, weaknesses in the pelvic floor can cause issues such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Because of their key role in supporting sexual organs, these muscles directly control sexual performance. The strength—or weakness—of the pelvic floor muscles largely determine the strength of an erection. This is because not only do the pelvic floor muscles provide muscular strength, but they also allow or prevent the flow of blood to the penis. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through kegel exercises will likely provide erections that last longer for more satisfaction for both you and your partner.

Organ Prolapse

In women, pelvic floor disorders are characterized by the dropping down of the vagina, uterus, rectum, small intestines, urethra, and bladder, known as prolapse. Women with organ prolapse can experience a bulge through the vagina. In severe cases, the protrusion of the affected organs can appear as an extension out or the anus or vagina.

In men, organ prolapse can be seen through a bulge in the anus.