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How do you do pelvic exercise to treat urinary incontinence?

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Here's how to do pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises:

1. Squeeze the muscles that you use stop the flow of urine.

2. Hold the squeeze for 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds.

3. Do 3 or 4 sets daily.

Note: You can learn how to do Kegels by stopping your urine, but don’t do this often. It can lead to an infection.

From: Types of Urinary Incontinence WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Urinary Incontinence: Embarrassing but Treatable," "What is Urinary Incontinence?" "Urinary Incontinence: Kegel Exercises for Your Pelvic Muscles."

American Urogynecologic Society: "Female Urinary Stress Incontinence."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women," "Urinary Incontinence in Men."

National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia: "Urge Incontinence."

National Association for Continence: "Statistics."

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Urinary incontinence.”

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: "Overflow Incontinence."

FDA: "Controlling Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Urinary Incontinence: Embarrassing but Treatable," "What is Urinary Incontinence?" "Urinary Incontinence: Kegel Exercises for Your Pelvic Muscles."

American Urogynecologic Society: "Female Urinary Stress Incontinence."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Incontinence in Women," "Urinary Incontinence in Men."

National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia: "Urge Incontinence."

National Association for Continence: "Statistics."

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Urinary incontinence.”

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: "Overflow Incontinence."

FDA: "Controlling Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 11, 2017

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