What are kegel exercises and how do I do them?
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Kegel exercises are an important part of pelvic health.
They help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and supporting ligaments for both men and women. It is suggested to do 3 sets of 10 repetitions a day to support a healthy pelvic floor.
Benefits from kegel exercises include:
Here are some tips for doing proper kegel exercises:
Don't make a habit of using Kegel exercises to start and stop your urine stream. Doing Kegel exercises while emptying your bladder can actually weaken the muscles, as well as lead to incomplete emptying of the bladder — which increases the risk of a urinary tract infection.1
See figure below for general illustration of the pelvic floor.
1 Mayo Clinic staff. (2012, September 12) Kegel exercises: A how-to guide for women. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/womens-health/in-depth/kegel-exercises/art-20045283