Kegels for pelvic health
Exercise has benefits for the total body, and there a myriad of exercises that a woman can do to benefit various parts of her body. One exercise in particular that is good for women, is an exercise known as Kegels. Kegel exercise is good for maintaining pelvic floor health throughout all stages of a woman’s adult life. The pelvic floor is a band of tissue, ligaments, nerves and muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place. It is located at the base of the abdomen and is attached to the pelvis. The pelvic floor supports the bladder, uterus, rectum and other pelvic organs.
Overtime the pelvic floor can be weakened by weight gain, pregnancy, child birth and aging. When the pelvic floor becomes weakened it can cause complications such as loss of the control of the bladder as well as bowels. A weakened pelvic floor can also lead to discomfort during sexual intercourse and also pelvic organs bulging out of the vagina (more commonly known as prolapse). This weakening of the pelvic floor sometimes requires corrective surgery in severe cases.
However a woman can avoid such complications by performing simple Kegel exercises. These exercises will help to keep the pelvic muscles strong. They can be done in the privacy of one’s home. A woman should do a round of Kegel exercises 10-15 times per day for best benefit. They can be performed while doing chores, relaxing and even working. They should not be done while using the toilet however, as this can cause damage.
Before engaging in Kegel exercises women should check with their ob/gyn or physician for instructions on how to perform them correctly. Once learned, women should be consistent in their practice. They should also keep a log of progress to share with their medical care provider. If any signs of prolapse or other complications occur, immediate medical care should be sought.
- Alex Pieles