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What are the benefits of Kegel exercises?

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Kegel exercises (also called “pelvic floor exercises”) strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. Kegels don’t just help keep them “fit” -- they can help you avoid embarrassing accidents, like bladder leakage and passing gas and -- or even stool -- by accident. They can even improve your orgasms.

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: “What are Pelvic Floor Muscle (Kegel) Exercises?”

Mayo Clinic: “Kegel Exercises: A How-to Guide for Women.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Kegel Exercises.”

National Association for Continence: “Kegel Exercises.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Urology Care Foundation: “What are Pelvic Floor Muscle (Kegel) Exercises?”

Mayo Clinic: “Kegel Exercises: A How-to Guide for Women.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Kegel Exercises.”

National Association for Continence: “Kegel Exercises.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 19, 2017

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