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What are Kegel exercises?

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Kegel exercises are can be used to help control urinary incontinence. These exercises help tighten and strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can improve the function of the urethra and rectal sphincter.

One way to find the Kegel muscles is to sit on the toilet and begin urinating. Then stop urinating mid-stream. The muscles that you use to stop the flow of urine are the Kegel muscles. Another way to help locate the Kegel muscles is to insert a finger into the vagina and try to make the muscles around your finger tighter.

SOURCES:

Wesnes, SL . , 2007 Apr;109(4):922-8. Obstet and Gynecol.

NIDDK: "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Bladder Control."

American Pregnancy Association: "Kegel Exercises."

Medline Plus: "Urinary Incontinence."

Medem: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Wesnes, SL . , 2007 Apr;109(4):922-8. Obstet and Gynecol.

NIDDK: "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Bladder Control."

American Pregnancy Association: "Kegel Exercises."

Medline Plus: "Urinary Incontinence."

Medem: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 15, 2017

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