Oct 04, 2009 - 8:28 pm
To the newly searching prostate cancer and to those that are recovery from whatever alternative they selected to address, I offer the following;
About Kegels and sphincters. I was talking with my dr's follow up nurse a couple of days ago about when I should resume Kegel training. She told me that it had been long enough and I should continue. I am 17 days post surgery.
Then she added something I had not heard or understood.
Prior to surgery we have 2 sphincters, on is involuntary and the other is voluntary. The involuntary is the one contained within the prostate. It is this one that keeps urine from flowing out with ejaculate, thus killing sperm. And the one that men know about that makes it difficult to go when you have an erection. The other is the voluntary, the one we control. This is the one that we use to keep from going until we make it to the john. The one we use to squirt those last few drips out when we are done. This is the one that we have left. By exercising it and making it stronger (but not overdoing it to the point of weakness) we train it to stay in a more flexed and controlled position. Thus stopping flow when we don't want it to. By having it flexed and shutting off, when we want to go we voluntarily tell it to relax and let it fly.
This made a world of sense to me. Now it may have been her way of telling me it is a mind over matter thing. But it just makes too much sense. We go through life with our body telling us things but a lot of the time we just don't listen. It just comes natural.
I mean, how many of us actually knew that we had two sphincters to control urine flow in the first place? I'll raise my hand, I certainly did not. Just knew there was something that I could do to start and stop some things and other times when it just stopped on it's own.
Don't know if this helps, but just thought I would contribute it.
Good luck and God Bless,