Pelvic floor exercises are often recommended as the first line of treatment for stress incontinence. The exercises, also known as kegels, are designed to strengthen the pelvic floor. Your kegel muscles, or pubococcygeus (PC) muscles, provide support for bladder, uterus, and bowel; if they’re weakened, you may have trouble controlling your bladder or bowel. Common causes of pelvic floor weakness include pregnancy, prostate surgery, enlarged prostate, obesity, and menopause.
Kegel exercises can be done by both men and women. They involve repeated contractions of the pelvic floor muscles. The exercises are pretty simple, but one of the hardest parts about it is finding the correct muscles to squeeze.
There are several ways to find your kegel muscles:
Both men and women:
Locating the pelvic floor muscles can be tricky. If you still have trouble finding the right muscles, ask your doctor or a pelvic floor therapist. If you think you’ve mastered the trick, visit our Tips & Advice Center to learn how to actually do the exercises!