What Are Kegels Exercises? Why Are They Gaining Popularity?

Kegels are a form of exercise that targets the pelvic floor by flexing and releasing those pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor muscles hold up part of the bladder, uterus, rectum, and small intestine.

Strengthening these muscles can reduce symptoms of incontinence and gain more control over sexual performance for both men and women.

Kegels exercises also help with conditions such as fecal incontinence and accidental bladder leakage while sneezing, coughing, or laughing.

It might usually take weeks or months to see measurable results from these exercises. However, they are known to work and are trending.

Benefits of Kegels

The top benefits of these exercises include recovery from pregnancy, improved sexual function, and better urinary health.

Other benefits include:

1. Pelvic Prolapse

The condition occurs when the uterus, bladder, vagina, and rectum are no longer appropriately held by the pelvic floor muscles, causing pressure on the vagina and excess tissue to protrude from the vagina.

Doing Kegels exercises regularly can help regain control of pelvic muscles eliminating those symptoms.

2. Urinary Health

Strengthening the bladder’s ability to stay closed, will be protecting the urethra from potential pathogens, that can cause urinary tract infections (UTI).

3. Hemorrhoids

Kegeles exercises can help to prevent internal hemorrhoids from becoming external hemorrhoids, which will decrease the discomfort and instances of bleeding or severe pain.

4. Sexual Function

Kegels exercises can strengthen the pelvic muscles and improve sexual function in women, while in men, these exercises can decrease the occurrence of premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.

5. Pregnancy Recovery

Post-delivery there are chances that the vagina may be stretched or become loose. Performing Kegels exercise regularly for a few months can help in regaining the tightness of those muscles.

Kegels Side Effects

There are some potential side effects of performing Kegel exercises, which include

  1. Worsening of urinary symptoms if too many Kegels are performed

  2. Increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTI) if the exercises are performed incorrectly or if the bladder is full while beginning the exercises.

The risks are similar for men, and increased incontinence is a risk when too many of these exercises are performed each day.

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