Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, the "hammock" of muscles that control the flow of urine and hold the pelvic organs in place.
See a picture of the pelvic floor muscles.
Weakness in the pelvic floor muscles can cause bladder control problems (urinary incontinence) or the sagging of some pelvic organs. Doctors often prescribe Kegel exercises for:
Kegel exercises are easy to do and can be done anywhere without anyone knowing.
Kegel exercises are most effective when done regularly.
Your doctor may want you to try doing your exercises with biofeedback to make sure you are doing them right. Biofeedback allows you to see, feel, or hear when an exercise is being done correctly.
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