Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Arnold Henry Kegel was an American gynecologist who invented Kegel in 1950. Kegel exercises have been prescribed to patients with urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems.
The big question is weather doing kegels are beneficial for everyone with pelvic floor issues? The answer is NO. For some women, the kegels do wonder, for others it even makes their issue worse. A through evaluation is needed to determine if kegels are appropriate. Doing too many Kegels or doing them incorrectly may cause vaginal muscles to tighten resulting in pain and dysfunction in pelvic floor.
Proper kegel: Squeeze and lift, then relax fully. A kegel can be done as quick contract and relax or contract and hold >10 sec.