What are Kegel Exercises?Named after Dr. Arnold Kegel who originally developed the exercises as a way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, specifically the pubococcygeus muscles (PC muscles). The exercises can also be done by men or women, don’t require very much time, and are relatively easy to learn.
Why Kegel?The exercises are recommended for a variety of reasons, some of which have been studied, and others are just suggested based on anecdotal evidence.
- Kegel exercises were originally designed for helping women experiencing incontinence as a result of childbirth, but it can also help stress incontinence.
- It is thought that better toned muscles can make vaginal childbirth easier.
- Many, but not all, women report doing Kegel exercises enhances sexual enjoyment and changes the way orgasms feel.
- Kegel exercises may help men who experience incontinence, depending on the cause of the incontinence.
- Kegel exercises can help men learn greater ejaculatory control
- Kegel exercises can enhance sexual enjoyment both through greater ejaculatory control, but also changes in the way orgasm is experienced.