Kegel exercises (also called 'pelvic floor exercises') strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. When they’re working as they should, your pelvic floor muscles may never cross your mind. But over time, as we age, these muscles can start to weaken. Know why Kegel exercises are important for women.
Helps to recover after pregnancy
Kegel exercises are beneficial for pregnant women as they help in staying fit during pregnancy and after pregnancy. Whether the baby is delivered normally or by cesarean section, pregnancy can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Vaginal delivery can increase the weakness even more and lead to muscle rupture and tearing.
The good part is that this muscle heals like any other muscle and responds to Kegel exercises to build strength.
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Helps with menopause
Fluctuating estrogen levels during menopause can lead to decreased blood flow to the pelvic floor muscles and an overall reduction in muscle tone. Kegel exercises help to drain the old blood and process fresh blood to help with the recovery part.
Reduces the chances of injuries
Lifestyles habits such as long sitting hours or frequent movements can lead to injuries. It is important to incorporate pelvic floor exercises into your normal exercise routine because prolonged sitting can damage your pelvis and hips region.
Treats urinary leakage and back pain
The pelvic floor muscles are part of the inner core that support the trunk and hips. These muscles work with the deep layers of the abdomen to support the spine and overlap the deep rotator cuff muscles at the hip for stability.
If the pelvic floor muscles are not strong enough, they can affect the pelvic joints and spine. As per studies, there is an association between chronic back pain and urinary leakage in women. Kegel treats both conditions.
Good for sexual arousal
Kegel exercises help tighten the vagina and increase the intensity of intercourse. Pelvic floor muscles are important during sex. Women who have trouble reaching orgasm may have weakened muscles in the pelvic floor. Exercising the pelvic floor muscles increases blood flow to the pelvic area. Improving blood circulation increases sexual arousal, lubrication, and sexual ability.