What is Hard Flaccid Syndrome?
Hard Flaccid is a newly coined term that describes a symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction/CPPS. But before we dive deep into how to get rid of your hard flaccid syndrome, let us understand first what could be the cause and risk factors.
Patients describe their symptoms to be a nuisance throughout the day and in the bedroom. Men will often describe that their penis doesn’t hang as low as it did in a flaccid state and seems somewhat retracted. Men will describe that their penis can feel cold, takes more physical stimulation to get aroused, feels rubbery during an erect state, the penis doesn’t get as much blood flow/maintaining an erection, and a weak stream of urine.
What are the psychological effects of hard flaccid in men?
As for why this happens? We don’t really understand the full mechanism behind it. In fact, the majority of medical professionals will deny that this diagnosis even exists and will say “it’s all in your head” and probably prescribe you some sort of PDE5 inhibitor (Viagra/Cialis) to get rid of your “anxiety”. The dangerous part of using the word anxiety is that you may have developed or worsened your anxiety due to this issue as it would any male going through this, but anxiety isn’t causing this issue.
Prior to feeling these symptoms, we men never had to think about our penis. We only used it for the 2 P’s; Pee & Pleasure. So the fact that now you are constantly thinking of “how much urine is coming out”, “will I be able to maintain and keep a rigid erection” induces anxiety and further takes the SEX out of SEXY. All your left with is a Y (see what I did there?). This constant feedback loop causes anxiety and further increases sympathetic tone which is the antithesis to getting an erection.
So this blog post is for those that have been searching for some answer, for those who are looking for options, doable options to get rid of hard flaccid syndrome. This is written for you!
These symptoms are real and they are very much treatable. At Pelvis NYC we do have a working hypothesis that hypertonic/weak pelvic floor muscles may be causing the issue. The majority of men seen with this condition have very tight lower abdominals, their perineum is weak and cannot sustain a contraction longer than 10 seconds.
Who can help in getting rid of hard flaccid syndrome?
First thing is, always get yourself to a primary care physician or urologist to get medically cleared for anything serious. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and High cholesterol are one of the few conditions that will start as erectile dysfunction.
Second, get yourself to a pelvic floor physical therapist who can help evaluate and treat you. Remember not all medical professionals are equal, just because you saw one should not mean that you have exhausted your options.
Third, start to take matters into your own hands. Do your best to control the variables in your life that are easily controllable. Start by evaluating your diet, sleep, stress, and movement. The second you start to see improvements in some areas you will notice improvements within others as well.
What are the pelvic floor exercises I can do now to get me on the path of getting rid of hard flaccid?
1) Ease the tension around the lower abdominals. Try these:
a. Cobra stretch ( 2 minutes min with exhalation at the top to let your belly go)
b. Couch stretch ( 2 minutes- inhale and exhale into the stretch)
c. Foam/Lacrosse ball – Find a tender area and gently breathe through it This is a nice soft tissue release.
2) Decrease tension around perineum
a. Deep Squat stretch – This will help stretch your adductors and your perineum (2 min) If you have a bathtub you can use the buoyancy to help decrease the strain on your knees
b. Happy Baby – 2 mins
At Pelvis NYC we want you to know that we understand what you are going through. We truly care about your well-being. Now that you know these symptoms are real and that it is treatable….BREATHE!
The next step is to follow some of the recommendations here, see what works for you, and let us know how we can help. Contact us now!