I would like to take a few moments to talk with you about Kegel exercises for women. In this article, I’m going to describe the purpose of Kegel exercises why they are done and provide you with some instructions for performing Kegel exercises. I hope that at the end of this article you will be able to understand the purpose of Kegel exercises and you’ll have instructions on how to perform them properly.
Let’s begin with what is pelvic organ prolapse? Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when there is stress on the pelvic floor muscles. Usually, this occurs as a result of childbirth especially childbirth through a vaginal delivery and also can occur with obesity chronic coughing and is very common after menopause when there is a decrease in estrogen, which is the female hormone produced in ovaries.
So the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse are an uncomfortable pelvic pressure and loss of urine and/or feces because of lack of support of the bladder and rectum. Kegel exercises are used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, and they can delay preventing and even help control pelvic organ prolapse, so this does not become problematic.
So how do you perform Kegel exercises? Is important to begin by identifying that proper pelvic muscles by trying to stop the flow of urine why you’re going to the bathroom or urinating. It is also the same muscles that prevent passing of gas from the rectum. And it is important that you learn to isolate and exercise the correct muscles. Performing Kegel exercises begins with identifying that pelvic floor muscles that contract your pelvic floor and hold the contraction for three seconds and then relax for three seconds. You want to repeat this exercise ten times. you want to try to work up to keeping the muscles contracted for ten seconds and then relaxing for ten seconds between contractions. You want to perform a set of ten Kegel exercises at least three times a day. You might even consider practicing Kegel exercises every time you do routine tasks such as sitting at a red light.
For those women who are having trouble identify or performing Kegel exercises, there is a treatment consisting of biofeedback, that is used to train and identify the proper muscles in the pelvis. This consists of a placement of a small probe into the woman’s vagina, and then electrodes are placed on the skin outside of the vagina or rectal area. And then you will try to contract the muscles of the pelvic floor, and you will see a measurement on a monitor that allows you to see whether you successfully contracted the proper muscles.
The results of using Kegel exercises are not immediate and certainly isn’t going to occur the first time you perform these exercises. You can expect if you have a problem of leakage of urine due to pelvic organ prolapse that you will have improvement in eight to twelve weeks. Oftentimes the improvement can be dramatic especially if you practice the exercises as I have described on a daily basis. However, you will need to make Kegel exercises a life long practice in order to get the benefits and rewards of this exercise.
There’s also an added bonus of doing Kegel exercises because it may be helpful for women who have a problem reaching orgasm. Women report that after doing Kegel exercises that they achieve more enjoyment from sexual intimacy as a result of using these exercises.
So, in summary, many women have a problem of loss of urine with coughing sneezing exercising even just bending over to tie their shoes. Kegel exercises are an effective method for treating mild urinary incontinence. These exercises are free there’s no expense and requires no medication. And if you are patient and do them on a regular basis is I have described it will work.