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Kegel Exercises: Benefits, Instructions, and Helpful Tips

Pelvic floor exercises, also called Kegel (kay-gull) exercises after Dr. Arnold Kegel who developed them, strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.  These muscles play a role in supporting the bladder ad urethra.  Weak pelvic floor muscles may contribute to incontinence. Exercises to strengthen theses muscles may help improve urine control.

How Kegel Exercises Help

The pelvic floor muscles act as a sling to help hold the bladder and urethra in place.  These muscles also help keep the urethra closed.  Weak pelvic floor muscles may allow urine to leak.  To strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, do Kegel exercises daily.  In a few months, the muscles will be stronger and tighter.  This can help prevent urine leakage.

How to do Kegels

Kegel exercises are simple to do and can be done almost anywhere.  When you do Kegels, try not to move your leg, buttock, or stomach muscles.

To learn which muscles to exercise:

Helpful Tip: Squeeze in the rectal area to tighten the anus as if trying not to pass gas.  Once you have found the right muscles, do NOT interrupt your urine flow.

Now you are ready to exercise regularly:

Make pelvic floor exercises a part of your routine:

Helpful Tips:

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