If you are an adult woman, especially if you have had a baby, Kegel should be a word that you have heard more than once. Dr. Arnold Kegel published a set of instructions for women that promised to help them strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor and thus helping them avoid urinary incontinence, uterine and vaginal prolapse, and keep everything tight and were it should be after having a baby and into menopause.
Some doctors have found that men can benefit by doing Kegels as well.
The exercise is quite simple â€“ just tighten and release the muscles in the pelvic area. Squeeze the muscles together like you were trying to stop peeing in midstream. Hold them tight for a second and then release. Repeat this for several repetitions and then repeat the sequences when you think of it throughout the day. No one can tell that you are doing it, by the way.
The Mayo Clinic suggests ten repetitions no less than three times a day for the best results.
When should you start? Well, some of you probably tried it out while you were reading, so just keep on going. Now is good. You donâ€™t need to wait until you are pregnant or have had a baby to begin.
Keeping those muscles toned will protect you from some uncomfortable issues, make your pregnancies and labors easier, and keep you rockinâ€™ through your sex life for decades.
If you are having trouble figuring it out, talk to your doctor, she will be able to give you any help and instruction that you need. Itâ€™s one of those things â€“ just do it.
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