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Pelvic Floor (Kegel) Exercises for Men

Pelvic Floor (Kegel) Exercises for Men

Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises can help strengthen some of the muscles that control the flow of urine and are used to treat urge or stress incontinence. To do Kegel exercises:

  • Squeeze the same muscles you would use to stop your urine. Your belly and rear end (buttocks) should not move.
  • Hold the squeeze for 3 seconds, then relax for 3 seconds.
  • Repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times a session. Do three or more sessions a day.

Kegel exercises can be done while traveling, at work, or at any time during the day. No one will be aware that you are doing the exercises, so you can do them frequently, no matter where you are.

Kegel exercises are often combined with biofeedback techniques to teach the proper exercise methods and maintain exercise effectiveness. Biofeedback allows you to see, feel, or hear when an exercise is being performed correctly. This can be done by placing a finger in your anus to feel it contract when the pelvic muscles are exercised.

Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises with or without biofeedback techniques require a high level of motivation and frequent repetition to be successful.

By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Last Revised July 17, 2012

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