are often combined with
biofeedback techniques to teach the proper exercise
methods and to make sure the exercises are working. Biofeedback allows you to see,
feel, or hear when an exercise is being done correctly. This can be done
by placing a finger in your vagina or anus to feel it contract when the pelvic
muscles are exercised.
More elaborate devices can also be used
that measure the pressure of the bladder and abdominal muscles or provide a
measurement of the pressure within the vagina.
technique involves using a weighted cone that is inserted into the vagina. You
must contract the pelvic muscles to prevent the cone from dropping out of the
vagina. A set of cones identical in size and shape but of increasing weight are
provided. As treatment progresses, heavier cones are used that require stronger
contractions to keep them in place.
What To Expect After Treatment
Kegel exercises can be done throughout
Why It Is Done
Kegel exercises may be used to treat
stress incontinence or urge incontinence.
These exercises can be done during and after pregnancy to prevent incontinence.
How Well It Works
Women who do Kegel exercises are more likely to improve, and even cure, their incontinence. These women had fewer leakage problems a day and said their quality of life was better.1
Women who do these exercises during and after pregnancy can reduce their chance of urine leakage after delivery.2
Kegel exercises do not pose any risks to a
What To Think About
Kegel exercises require a high
level of motivation and frequent repetition to be successful.