Published: Sept. 8, 2010
Updated: Sept. 8, 2010
Performing pelvic floor muscle (Kegel) exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles by teaching you to isolate and contract these muscles.
Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent:
Your pelvic floor muscle function will be assessed during your vaginal examination and you will be taught how to strengthen and how to use these muscles when incontinence threatens.
If, during your evaluation, your doctors identify extremely weak muscles or see that you can not identify the muscles well, they will have you see a physical therapist, who will be your "personal trainer."
The initial consultation with the physical therapist is usually one hour. Based on the progress made with home exercises, further biofeedback sessions may be needed.
Duke has focused Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation clinics for those who need biofeedback techniques, which will help you locate and isolate the pelvic floor muscles for maximal benefit.