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What are Kegel exercises?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Kegel exercises involve repeated tightening and relaxing of your pelvic muscles. The pelvic muscles help the bladder hold urine. Men and women with overactive bladder have reported improvements in their symptoms with kegel exercises. These exercises are part of bladder training. They’re also called pelvic muscle exercises because they strengthen the pelvic muscles. Studies show that kegel exercises may benefit stress incontinence. This is urine that leaks due to movement or pressure.

Kegel exercises are exercises that are done to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in women. Pelvic floor muscles help support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum.

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