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Kegel for Good Health
Kegels are pelvic exercises that help you target and strengthen muscles below the bladder that help control urination. In men, urinary incontinence can be caused by a weak urinary sphincter, an overactive bladder, or a bladder that doesn’t contract. Kegel exercises can help you improve — or in some cases completely regain — bladder control.
Kegels are very easy to do, once you know which muscles to target. You can locate your muscles is during urination. Here’s how:
- Halfway through urination, try to stop or slow down the flow of urine.
- Don’t tense the muscles in your buttocks, legs, or abdomen, and don’t hold your breath.
- When you can slow or stop the flow of urine, you’ve successfully located these muscles.
Some men find these muscles by imagining that they are trying to stop the passage of gas. Squeezing these muscles gives a pulling sensation; these are the right muscles for pelvic exercises. It’s important not to contract other muscles.
Kegel Exercise Instructions