Kegel exercises strengthen muscles around the bladder. These muscles control the flow of urine. Kegel exercises are sometime called "pelvic floor" exercises. They can help prevent urine leakage and keep the pelvic organs in place.
A woman who just had a baby might want to try Kegel exercises. They can strengthen pelvic muscles that have been weakened by pregnancy and childbirth. A man or woman may use Kegel exercises to treat urine leakage.
You do Kegel exercises by tightening the muscles you use when you urinate. You will likely need to do these exercises for several weeks to get better.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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