Kegels and you

Rocheda Bartley
Rocheda Bartley

December 30, 2019

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Kegels can make your sex life better! That’s according to gynaecologist Dr Kiri-an Bridgewater, who says that the pelvic-floor exercise allows for stronger orgasms. 

 “The pelvic floor muscles are important because just like the other muscles throughout your body, if you don’t use them, they will become weak,” she told Flair. 

MORE BENEFITS

Pelvic floor muscles help to keep your bladder, uterus, and rectum in place. When they are weak, you’re at risk of developing urinary incontinence (passing urine involuntarily) and uterine, bladder or rectal prolapse (when the uterus, bladder, or rectum starts to descend lower into the vagina and sometimes outside of the vagina). 

However, not using the pelvic floor muscles is not the only reason these muscles get weakened. Pregnancy, childbirth, a long-standing cough, and constipation are other factors that cause them to weaken, and at even a faster rate.

WHEN DO YOU DO KEGELS?

 “The great part about kegels is that you can do them anywhere! You can do them in the car on your way to work, in your bed before you go to sleep, wherever,” Dr Bridgewater said.

Here’s how to perform kegel exercises:

You do kegels by focusing on tightening your pelvic floor muscles. If you don’t know how to find them, try stopping your urine midstream. The muscles that you use for this action are your pelvic floor muscles. 

Now that you have found them, focus on tightening them for 3-5 seconds and then rest them for a similar timing. 

Do this for three sets of 10 throughout the course of the day. Do not tense the muscles in your thighs, buttocks or abdomen when doing the exercise and be careful when identifying the pelvic floor muscles.

“We only recommend that you interrupt your urinary stream once or twice to identify the required muscles, as frequently stopping your urine can lead to urinary tract infections and incomplete urination,” the doctor advised.

Like other workout activities, it takes time to get your desired results from kegel exercises. The doctor said that most women will likely see results in a few weeks to months.

Story by Rocheda Bartley.

rocheda.bartley@gleanerjm.com

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Whether it's through her written profiles or quick retorts, Rocheda Bartley has a way with words. Quiet, diligent and observant, she brings balance to the Flair team and never ceases to surprise.

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