Will I need to continue performing pelvic floor exercises?
The exercise regimen must be maintained to keep pelvic floor muscles in shape.
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, are muscle-contracting movements that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
In both men and women, the pelvic floor muscles are tightly drawn between the coccyx and the pubic bone to support the bladder and bowel, and in women also the uterus.
In both men and women, the pelvic floor muscles are important in controlling bladder and bowel functions. In women, the muscles also function to support the uterus.
Both men and women, of any age, can perform pelvic floor exercises to strengthen these muscles.
Signs and symptoms that may indicate weak pelvic floor muscles include: urinary incontinence, which involves leaking urine when running, laughing, sneezing or coughing; fecal incontinence; an inability to reach the toilet in …
The pelvic floor can be weakened from various causes affecting the strength of the muscles. These can include: pregnancy, particularly prolonged pushing during delivery and overstretching of vaginal muscles; decreased levels of estrogen …
It is possible to identify different areas of the pelvic floor muscles. This can be done by stopping urination midstream and by 'holding in' when needing to break wind. This will identify different muscle sections within the pelvic floor area.
Pelvic floor exercises can be performed after you have emptied your bladder, and can be done while lying down, sitting or standing. A simple starting technique is to contract the pelvic floor muscles for one second, then relax the muscles for one …