ShopInPrivate.com presents information about kegel exercises that every woman should know. Women use kegel exercises (sometimes called pelvic floor exercises) as physical therapy for two reasons. One reason is that some women suffer from slight urine leakage when they sneeze, cough, or laugh. Usually these women have given birth naturally to one or more children in the past. As they age, they may suffer from light urinary incontinence in situations where their pelvic muscles are flexed. Coughing, sneezing, and even laughter can be very embarrassing.
Other women use kegel exercises to restore lost pleasure during sexual activities. These women know that restoring tone and control to their pelvic floor muscles can enhance the pleasure they and their partner receive.
Although the desires and needs of both groups of women is very different, the muscles trained are the same. The techniques used to tone and strengthen those muscles is the same as well. This page will teach you how to use pelvic floor exercises properly. We sincerely hope it helps you.
Background: In 1943 Dr. Arnold Kegel figured out that most of the women in his practice that were suffering from urinary incontinence were post child-birth. Dr. Kegel theorized that by exercising their pelvic floor muscles these women could overcome their problems. Dr. Kegel invented a feedback instrument called the Perineometer that measures the strength of vaginal contractions. (the Myself is a type of perineometer). His practice was successful as many of his patients reported decreased urinary leakage. As a side-effect some of his clients reported that they had an orgasm for the first time. Dr. Kegel discovered that strengthening and toning the pelvic floor muscles not only helps incontinence but enhances sexual pleasure as well.
It is no surprise that pelvic floor exercises would eventually be called Kegel exercises. Also, the group of muscles exercised are now called the Kegel muscles. It doesn't hurt that Kegel is much easier to pronounce than pubococcygeus muscle.
How To Find Your Kegel Muscles: Locating your kegel muscles is simple. Abruptly stop and start the flow of urine the next time you go to the bathroom. The muscles you will use are called the kegel muscles. If you don't have to go to the restroom, you can insert a finger into your vagina and try to squeeze around it from the bottom. When you feel pressure around your finger, you are using the correct muscle.
How To Exercise Your Kegel Muscles: One way to train your kegel muscles is to stop and start your urine flow. Unfortunately, we probably don't urinate enough during the day to exercise the muscles very effectively. Another way to exercise the muscles is with a feedback device that lets you know when you are squeezing and how hard. The Myself does this through a digital display. Another method is with weights such as the Energie vaginal barbell or the Femtones vaginal weights. A final method uses a spring device as resistance. Different product manufacturers suggest different amounts of training, but 5-10 minutes per day 3 or 4 days per week seem to be the norm. This amount of exercise is in line with what a physical therapist would prescribe for a large muscle that need rehabilitation.
Who Uses Pelvic Floor Exercises? In August of 2002, Oprah Winfrey had a guest that was a Doctor of Sexology. At the time, she suggested that many post-childbirth women were missing something and that using vaginal weights for kegel exercise could help them reintroduce sexual pleasure that they had lost. Since that time, word of mouth has increase the sales of vaginal exercise products each year. Oprah has done many people a service by taking this subject out of the doctor's office and into the living room where it can benefit the most people.
Do Pelvic Floor Exercises Work? Pelvic floor exercises are not a magic cure. They are a form of physical therapy that will take work and commitment. A very high percentage of people that use kegel exercises for therapy are seeing positive results, but it is unlikely that casual use (less than once per week) will be well rewarded.
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