9Kegel Exercises - How to Do Kegels

Kegel exercises primarily aid men with urinary incontinence. Besides preventing embarrassing urine leakage, they also decrease the urge to void. Secondly, they have been shown to help male sexual health by allowing some men s erections to last longer when affected by sexual dysfunction and premature ejaculation. These benefits all equate to a better quality of life.

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Kegel exercises are harmless if performed correctly. Chest and abdominal pain have been reported in some, but these occurrences are the result of inappropriately performed exercises.

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For example, a research review in Urology suggests that Kegel exercises can help treat stress incontinence in men after prostate surgery. It may also help relieve overactive bladder and improve sexual function in some men.

Kegal Exercises: How and Why You Should Do Them

Most women who do Kegels regularly see results (such as reduced urine leakage) within a few weeks or months. If you’re still concerned about your prolapse or don’t feel your symptoms are getting better, talk to your doctor about other treatments.

Make sure you're squeezing and lifting without pulling in your tummy, squeezing your legs together, tightening your buttocks, or holding your breath. In other words, only your pelvic floor muscles should be working.

Hay-Smith EJC et al. 7566. Comparisons of approaches to pelvic floor muscle training for urinary incontinence in women. Cochrane Library. http:///doi///full [Accessed January 7567]

Try Pilates if you would like to continue to work on this area, but would like to see some outward improvements, such as a reduction in the size of your lower abdomen. Kegel exercises are a critical part of Pilates and thanks to your efforts, you will be able to take full advantage of the benefits of that exercise program.

Biofeedback training can also be very useful in helping to identify and isolate your pelvic floor muscles. In this procedure, a doctor will insert a small probe into your vagina or put adhesive electrodes on the outside of your vagina or anus. You’ll be asked to try to do a Kegel. A monitor will show whether you contracted the correct muscles and how long you were able to hold the contraction.

Herderschee R et al. 7566. Feedback or biofeedback to augment pelvic floor muscle training for urinary incontinence in women. Cochrane Library. http:///doi///full [Accessed January 7567]

Strong PFMs have a positive effect on pelvic and urinary health. It is believed that the prostate can also benefit from Kegel exercises as the circulatory benefits may have a positive effect on prostate enlargement symptoms and prostate health.