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How do Kegel exercises help you treat urinary incontinence?

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Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Weakened pelvic floor muscles are often the cause of a common type of urinary incontinence called stress incontinence, in which small amounts of urine are leaked, especially when you cough, sneeze, or laugh.

SOURCES: Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH, urologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, Los Angeles. David Ginsberg, MD, urologist and associate professor of clinical urology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Merck Manual: "Urinary Incontinence." The American Geriatric Society Foundation for Healthy Aging: "Incontinence." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure." National Institutes of Health: "Your Body's Design for Bladder Control. "The National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 03, 2018

SOURCES: Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH, urologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, Los Angeles. David Ginsberg, MD, urologist and associate professor of clinical urology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Merck Manual: "Urinary Incontinence." The American Geriatric Society Foundation for Healthy Aging: "Incontinence." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure." National Institutes of Health: "Your Body's Design for Bladder Control. "The National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 03, 2018

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