Are You Doing Killer Kegels????
Could Kegels Be Doing You More Harm Than Good?
For women of a certain age, it seems like there are plenty of things we're never doing enough of: Exercise, sleep, eating the right foods—and Kegels.
Whether it's for a souped-up sex life or the grace to not involuntarily urinate on ourselves while laughing post childbirth, we're constantly being told that Kegels (rhymes with bagels) are the answer.
At its most basic, a Kegel is a vaginal exercise including a brief squeeze and hold maneuver that is supposed to be repeated daily. The goal is simple: Improve muscle tone and control of down there. Done correctly, "Kegels can help strengthen the pelvic floor, which typically becomes lax due to childbirth, age, atrophy, and obesity," explains New Jersey-based urogynecologist Betsy Greenleaf, DO. "Building these muscles can help urinary urgency and frequency, urinary incontinence, childbirth, core stability, and orgasm." (Here are 7 weird vagina facts you should know.)
Sounds good, right? Well, it's actually not always that straightforward. If you are someone with tight pelvic-floor muscles, undiagnosed pelvic pain, or are unsure of how to do a Kegel, you'll want to hold off and read this first.
A lot depends on the condition of your pelvic floor.
But first off: Where is it? The pelvic-floor muscles are akin to a hammock that spans from your pubic bone to the base of your spine, keeping your uterus, vagina, bladder, and bowel in place. You use the muscles anytime you go the bathroom.
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