are the deliberate tightening or clenching of the pelvic muscles. Performed regularly, they tone and strengthen the external sphincter
, the rings of muscles responsible holding in urine.
- How do I perform a Kegel exercise?
Whenever you tighten your pelvic muscles to stop the flow of urine or prevent the passing of gas, you are performing a Kegel exercise. Tighten only the pelvic muscles; keep your abdominal, thigh and buttock muscles relaxed. Kegel exercises can be performed while sitting or standing, anywhere and anytime.
When can I start practicing Kegel exercises?
You can start practicing Kegel exercises before a radical prostatectomy to retrain and strengthen the muscles that surgery may weaken. It is important to continue the exercises after surgery when the catheter is removed.
- How often should I practice Kegel exercises?
The number of repetitions and sets of exercises vary from doctor to doctor. What is most important is that, as with any exercise, regular and consistent practice of Kegel exercises is necessary to achieve results.