Kegel exercise, also known as pelvic floor exercise, consists of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor. These are the muscles that hold up the bladder and help keep it from leaking.
Kegel exercises are simple clench-and-release exercises that you can do to make the muscles of your pelvic floor stronger. These excercises help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, small intestine, rectum and bowels. Kegel exercises also help strengthen vaginal muscles.
Both women and men can benefit from Kegel exercises.
Many factors can weaken the pelvic floor in women, such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and weight gain.
The pelvic floor muscles support the womb, the bladder, and the bowels. If the muscles are weak, these pelvic organs may lower into a woman’s vagina. Besides being extremely uncomfortable, this can also cause urinary incontinence.
Men may also experience weakening in the muscles of their pelvic floor as they age. This can lead to incontinence of both urine and feces. Kegel exercises for men can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder and bowel and affect sexual functions.