Kegel exercises help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor that surround and support the vagina, bladder and rectum. This pelvic muscle exercise involves contracting (tightening) the ring of muscle around your rectum, without tightening the muscles of your legs, buttocks or abdomen. If done correctly, you will feel a lifting sensation around the vagina and rectum.
Kegel exercises are an important treatment in urinary incontinence, as they are a simple, non-invasive way to improve symptoms of:
- Stress incontinence
- Post-surgery incontinence
- Post-childbirth incontinence
- Menopausal incontinence
Biofeedback is a technique where one learns to be aware of and control specific physiological processes. When used in conjunction with Kegel exercises, biofeedback techniques help women gain awareness and control their pelvic muscles. Biofeedback devices also are available which can indicate if the right muscles are being activated and measure the amount of muscle movement.