Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises, also called pelvic-floor exercises are done by repeatedly contracting (around three seconds) and relaxing part of the pelvic floor muscles or “Kegel muscles”. It is performed for a couple of minutes at multiple times each day to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Most people begin to feel the effect after regularly exercising for one to three months. The concerned muscles are the ones that stop urination or passing gas. Beginners are usually advised to first perform the pelvic-floor exercise while lying down as it may be easier. Afterwards, the maneuvers can be done while sitting and standing and incorporated in various routines such as brushing. Kegel exercise is popularly advised to prepare pregnant mothers for child birth. Moreover, with the improved muscle tone, both men and women may benefit since it may treat vaginal and prostrate prolapse, increase sexual gratification, and treat urinary and fecal incontinence. This was developed in 1948 by Arnold Kegel, an American gynecologist.

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