Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on June 21, 2012

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Laura Corio, MD. Ob-Gyn, NYU Medical Center

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Narrator: Why should I do Kegels?

Laura Corio, MD: There are many women who have had children and as they age, the support of their vaginal tissues ages, and so they can become incontinent, and we recommend starting even as young girls, especially in pregnancy, to start doing kegels. And if they start doing kagels at a young age, hopefully there will be some kind of impact about urinary incontinence. When a patient goes through perimenopause and menopause, it seems that they are at higher risk for urinary incontinence. Sometimes vaginal estrogen or oral estrogen may help with incontinence, but if that doesn't do it, and the kegels aren't doing it, they may end up seeing a urogynecologist, or a urologist because they may need surgery or medication.