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Men’s Pelvic Health Advocacy (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Holly Tanner, DPT, PT, MA, OCS, LMP, PRPC, BCB-PMD, CCI

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Financial: Holly Tanner's financial disclosures include the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and SoftWave shock wave device. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Holly Tanner has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 57 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from those of standard MedBridge courses.

Join us for this introductory webinar covering the scope of the challenges facing men with pelvic dysfunction. It is common for men to be uncomfortable discussing sensitive issues such as urinary leakage and sexual dysfunction, and in the arena of pelvic rehabilitation, there are fewer practitioners trained specifically in men's pelvic health. Across disciplines, men can be aided by caring professionals who are aware of and can inquire about concerns in domains such as urinary leakage, erectile dysfunction, genital pain, bowel dysfunction, and pelvic pain. Because pelvic pain is consistently associated with higher rates of depression and negative impact on emotion, cognition, and quality of life, healthcare providers must be prepared to identify patients who may benefit from pelvic rehabilitation efforts.

This webinar will equip practitioners with the research around pelvic dysfunction, as well as practical strategies for both initiating conversations about pelvic health concerns and offering care options.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the various domains of pelvic dysfunction affecting men, including bowel dysfunction, bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic pain
  • List at least four types of pelvic pain and how symptoms of pelvic pain may negatively impact quality of life
  • Identify the barriers that men face when searching for access to care for pelvic dysfunction
  • Recognize your role within your healthcare environment in caring for men with pelvic dysfunction
  • Differentiate the common conditions affecting men in pelvic healthcare throughout the life span
  • Recognize the social stigmas and expectations that negatively impact men seeking help for pelvic dysfunction

Meet Your Instructor


Holly Tanner is a licensed physical therapist and massage therapist with specialty practice in the field of pelvic health. From the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, Minnesota, she earned her undergraduate degree in health sciences, Master of Arts in physical therapy, and a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She has served as…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. The Social Stigmas Stacked Against Men With Pelvic Dysfunction

Men have learned that society expects certain behaviors from them that potentially lead to poorer healthcare and life expectancy. We can make discussion and disclosure of pelvic health concerns easier by initiating conversations about common pelvic dysfunction and by offering care options.

2. Common Clinical Conditions in Men’s Pelvic Health

There is abundant literature relating to the postprostatectomy issues of erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence and their negative impacts on quality of life. Chronic pelvic pain syndrome is another common condition with which many providers may be familiar, but there are at least a dozen more types of pelvic pain for which men seek care. This chapter will highlight the common as well as the lesser-known categories of pelvic dysfunction to increase awareness for all providers.

3. Your Role in Men’s Pelvic Health

Regardless of the role we play in healthcare, men with pelvic dysfunction are among us every day, often suffering in silence. By acknowledging the common challenges men face in the domains of bowel dysfunction, bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic pain, we can normalize discussions on pelvic health in every setting. Providers will gain a better understanding of the spectrum of care, from making an appropriate (and compelling) referral to becoming men’s health pelvic rehabilitation practitioners themselves.

4. Question and Answer Session

This chapter is a viewer-submitted question and answer session, facilitated by Holly Tanner.

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