Kegels for Men

Kegels for Men

Medically reviewed in February 2021

When urogynecologists in Grand Rapids, Michigan, helped set up the “Laugh Don’t Leak” comedy show last year, they wanted to become rainmakers for the National Association for Continence. And while that fundraiser didn’t leave a dry...eye…in the house, we think they could have followed it up with a “Can You Kegel?” after-party for guys.

Most guys don’t know that pelvic floor muscle exercises (called Kegels) that help women control bladder problems and enhance orgasm can help them, too. The 16% of older men who are incontinent, the 52% of men with some degree of erectile dysfunction, the 50% of guys 51 to 60 with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and the 30% of men who experience premature ejaculation can all benefit.

Here’s the routine: Next time you’re urinating, stop the flow. You’ve just used the muscles you want to strengthen. Now, empty your bladder and try the routine: Contract your pelvic floor muscles -- tight -- for 3 seconds; relax for 3 seconds. Aim for 10 repetitions, three times a day -- day after day.

One more thing: We know there’s a new silicone penis barbell (we kid you not!) that slips around the shaft. It’s designed to make Kegels more of a workout. But we think your first choice should be a combo of standard Kegels with a total body workout (walking 10,000 steps a day; getting ½ hour of strength training 2-3 days a week). That’ll help you lose weight, improve your circulation and your attitude -- and that’s guaranteed to make your love life livelier. 

More On Men's Health

Movember: Are You Man Enough for the Doctor?

article

Movember: Are You Man Enough for the Doctor?
Many guys are about as likely to see the doctor voluntarily as they are to ask for directions, especially when nothing’s broken, bleeding profusely or...
How Is Stress and Sex Drive Connected for Men?

video

How Is Stress and Sex Drive Connected for Men?
A man's sex drive is most certainly affected by stress; if a man is anxious, his libido/desire for sex decreases. Watch psychiatrist Sudeepta Varma, M...
What Are Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer?

video

What Are Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is treated depending on risk categories, says Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he explains how tre...
How Can Lack of Sleep Affect My Erections?

video

How Can Lack of Sleep Affect My Erections?
Getting enough sleep is critical for maintaining testosterone levels, which also impacts a man's erection and ability to have sex. In this video, urol...