Your pelvic floor muscles are the group of muscles below your abdomen, they support your intestines, bladder, uterus, and vagina. Despite the vital role they play in supporting your organs, they don’t get enough exercise and support. In this article, I will talk about Kegel exercises and their role in supporting the pelvic floor muscles.
A set of exercises is recommended to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and to support the vagina, bladder, and rectum as well. Usually, we use these muscles during urination and intercourse. These muscles become looser in women for many reasons such as
It is noteworthy that before doing Kegels. It is essential to identify the muscles that we want to train and strengthen, you can do that by following these steps
While you urinate throughout the day, hold your urine before completely emptying the bladder. If the urine stops completely, while you are squeezing the muscles voluntarily, this means your pelvic floor muscles are fine and not loose. However, if urine continues to flow, this means they are loose. See your doctor for a thorough examination and treatment recommendation. This can be either doing more Kegels, stimulating the muscle using medical devices at the doctor's clinic, or in case the loosening is severe and it is affecting the internal organs your doctor might recommend surgery to fix this.
Kegels are important and beneficial for the health of your pelvic floor, they are not however a solution for vaginal tightening or any prolapse in the uterus or bladder that often needs medical and surgical treatments.