The aim of Kegel exercises is to fortify muscle tone by strengthening the pubococcygeus muscles of the pelvic floor. Kegel is a popular prescribed exercise for pregnant women to prepare the pelvic floor for physiological stresses of the later stages of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. Kegels exercises are said to be good for treating vaginal prolapse and preventing uterine prolapse in women; and for treating prostate pain and swelling resulting from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis in men. Kegel exercises may be beneficial in treating urinary incontinence in both men and women. Kegel exercises may also increase sexual gratification.
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Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging and being overweight, and abdominal surgery such as cesarean section, often result in the weakening of the pelvic muscles. Kegel exercises are useful in regaining pelvic floor muscle strength in such cases.
What I need to know about Bladder Control
Urine Leakage: A Common Health Problem for Women of All Ages
Women of all ages have bladder control problems.
You may think bladder control problems are something that happen when you get older. The truth is that women of all ages have urine leakage.
The problem is also called incontinence. Men leak urine too, but the problem is more common in women.
Many women leak urine when they exercise, laugh hard, cough, or sneeze.
Often women leak urine when they are pregnant or after they have given birth.
Women who have stopped having their periods—menopause—often report bladder control problems.
Female athletes of all ages sometimes have urine leakage during strenuous sports activities.
Urine leakage may be a small bother or a large problem. About half of adult women say they have had urine leakage at one time or another. Many women say it’s a daily problem.
Urine leakage is more common in older women, but that doesn’t mean it’s a natural part of aging. You don’t have to “just live with it.” You can do something about it and regain your bladder control.
Incontinence is not a disease. But it may be a sign that something is wrong. It’s a medical problem, and we can help.
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A Kegel exercise, named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, consists of contracting and relaxing the muscles which form part of the pelvic floor (sometimes called the "Kegel muscles").