8 Benefits of Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises are a simple set of exercises designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor holds the womb, bladder, rectum, and small intestines in their place. The best thing about these exercises is that they can be done anywhere and at any time of the day.

Pregnancy, childbirth, age, surgeries, straining, and excess weight can all contribute to a weakened pelvic floor.  Most women take up these exercises after childbirth to prevent urine leakages.

Kegel exercises are done very easily. All you have to do is identify where your pelvic muscles are located. Just tighten your muscles as if you are trying to stop urination. The muscles used in this are the pelvic muscles. For beginners, it is easier to do them lying down. Tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor and hold them like that for five seconds. Let go and relax for five seconds. Do this for a set of four or five. Work the technique until you reach 10 seconds of contracting and resting. Breathe freely during the exercise. Do not do these exercises while urinating!

1. Strengthen Muscles Which Support The Uterus

When you are young, the pelvic floor is strong and doesn’t cause problems. With age and after childbirth these organs can weaken. The pelvic floor holds the uterus. Strengthening the muscles holding it helps the womb return to its normal form after it has been stretched from pregnancy.

A weak pelvis may not hold the uterus in place which can lead to the uterus prolapsing. This condition can be due to childbirth, vaginal delivery, age, a dropping of estrogen levels, chronic coughing, constipation, obesity, or surgery.

A prolapsed womb can cause low back pain, pressure on the pelvis, painful intercourse, difficulty urinating, and problems with walking.