Prostate issues aren't something that most men talk about very often. But unfortunately, no matter how much we may wish to ignore or sideline the issue, the fact is that the vast majority of men will experience prostate issues at some point during their life... Your father, your brother, your male friends, even you will likely, at some point, suffer from one of these uncomfortable, painful, embarrassing, or even life-threatening prostate conditions.
According to recent statistics, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer (1,2). And roughly half of all men 50 or over suffer from an enlarged prostate (also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH) (3). In fact, by the age of 80, 90% of all men live with BPH (4).
Although there are many different incredible (even life-saving) procedures that can be used to treat BPH and prostate cancer, unfortunately these treatments commonly result in two drastic side effects, incontinence, and erectile dysfunction. In fact, up to 40% of men develop stress incontinence and almost all men develop erectile dysfunction after receiving one of these commonly used prostate surgeries (5,6).
However, the inability to maintain continence, healthy erections, and strong ejaculation is experienced by men with no history of prostate issues.
But, of course, statistics don't tell the full story. Because once a man develops stress incontinence, everything in his life changes. Now, even relatively minor physical exertion can cause you to lose control of your bladder. It's not just that vigorous physical exercise becomes a thing of the past. Even everyday acts like coughing, sneezing, bending over, or just sitting down or standing up can cause anything from a few dribbles to a complete loss of your bladder control. In fact, some men even lose control of their bladder during sex.
And so, with stress incontinence, your new priorities in life are preventing embarrassing accidents and making sure you have immediate access to the bathroom. Long business meetings become difficult (or impossible) to sit through. Aisle seats become absolutely vital for that emergency escape route to the bathroom. Even going on vacation loses its appeal because weeks away from home are no longer an exciting adventure but an uncomfortable journey outside of your comfort zone.
And while adapting your lifestyle to accommodate stress incontinence is difficult enough, perhaps more significant is the mental and emotional toll it places on you. To try and contain embarrassing accidents, many men take to wearing absorbent pads or pants but struggle with the feeling of a loss of dignity. For others, the constant nagging worry of being 'found out' coupled with the fear that an embarrassing accident could happen at any moment leads them to withdraw socially and slip into depression.
Of course, the consequences of erectile dysfunction can be equally as harsh to bear. Inability to get or maintain an erection can destroy your sex life, put a serious strain on your relationship or marriage, make it difficult (or impossible) to get your partner pregnant, and lead to feelings of embarrassment, inadequacy, and low self-esteem.
But, the good news is that even though both of these common side effects of prostate treatments can cause a huge impact on your quality of life, it is possible to manage them effectively...and do it entirely without invasive surgery or expensive drugs.
So, in this eBook, we're going to be looking at a safe, effective, natural, and pain-free way that you can regain control of your bladder, your sex life, and your confidence.
Introducing the Contone Method™ The Contone Method™ is an in-depth pelvic floor exercise system created by a certified osteopath and APPI-trained Pilates instructor that teaches you:
• How to identify your pelvic floor muscles.
• How to perform pelvic floor exercises correctly so that you can be sure you're strengthening the correct muscles instead of wasting your time.
• A simple pelvic floor exercise routine that's easy to follow, easy to remember, and gets results in just five minutes a day.
• Why you mustn't overtrain your pelvic floor muscles (and how you can make sure you avoid overtraining).
• How to use an innovative new pelvic floor exercise called hypopressives to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, take pressure off of your pelvic organs and structures, and retrain your deep abdominal musculature.
• ...and more.
1. ACS-Team. About Prostate Cancer. American Cancer Society. 2020. p. 88.
2. UCF. Prostate Cancer: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment [Internet]. Urology Care Foundation (UCF). 2018 [cited 2020 Nov 27].
3. UCF. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment [Internet]. Urology Care Foundation (UCF). 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 28].
4. NIDDK. Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) | NIDDK [Internet]. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2014 [cited 2020 Nov 27].
5. Singla N, Singla AK. Post-prostatectomy incontinence: Etiology, evaluation, and management [Internet]. Vol. 40, Turkish Journal of Urology. Turkish Association of Urology; 2014 [cited 2020 Nov 27]. p. 1–8. Available from: /pmc/articles/PMC4548645/?report=abstract
6. NYU Langone Health. Surgery for Prostate Cancer [Internet]. Perlmutter Cancer Center. 2020 [cited 2020 Nov 27].