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How can Kegel exercises help treat stress incontinence?

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Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, help strengthen the muscles that support your bladder, uterus, and bowels. This can help reduce or prevent leakage.

To do Kegel exercises, pretend you are trying to stop the flow of urine or trying not to pass gas. When you do this, you are contracting the muscles of the pelvic floor. It's best to do five sets a day every day. Each time you contract your muscles, hold for a slow count of 5 then relax. Repeat this 10 times for one set of Kegels.

From: Stress Incontinence WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women" and "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

SOURCES: National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women" and "Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 12, 2017

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