Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Kegel Exercises Aren't Right For Everybody

by Hugh Larson

For many people, the allure of Kegel exercises has been omnipresent. Many people think that doing kegel exercises daily is always a good idea, but the truth is that many gynecologists advise against this.

Gynecologists can offer further insight about who should be doing Kegel exercises, but in the meantime, these are some of the things you should know about Kegels.

First, Let's Talk About Kegels

Kegel exercises are strengthening moves that involve contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor. When you do this, you are working your entire pelvic floor, including the urethra. You can do a Kegel by moving as if you are trying to block the flow of urine.

So, What's the Problem?

One problem is that you may not be clenching and unclenching correctly. For example, many people with conditions like vaginismus struggle to relax the pelvic floor properly. This means they may not be fully relaxing or contracting, which can be dangerous.

Some people have hypertonic pelvic floors. When your pelvic floor is hypertonic, it is too tight. The muscles may be weak, and they may contract incorrectly. This can often be linked to conditions like vaginismus, which can make sexual intercourse painful. A hypertonic floor can also cause constipation or bladder pain. Tightening the pelvic floor further can be dangerous.

In other cases, somebody can experience vaginal prolapse or something else caused by weak muscles. A gynecologist needs to assess the health of your pelvic floor before recommending you do Kegels.

So, What Can You Do Instead?

If you have a tight pelvic floor, your gynecologist can make other recommendations. For one, they can diagnose the condition you might be experiencing, whether it is vaginismus or something else serious.

Some gynecologists offer pelvic floor therapy, whereas others will offer a recommendation for physical therapy that focuses on the pelvic floor. These sessions can help you strengthen your pelvic floor safely and effectively.

Visit Your Gynecologist For More Information

No exercise is the right choice for every person. This is why it is so important that you speak with a gynecologist. Your plan for building strength is about your body's specific needs and any conditions you are fighting

You must speak with a gynecologist to learn more about your vaginal health. If you want to perform Kegel exercises, you must discuss your vaginal health with your gynecologist during your next exam.

For more information, contact a gynecologist in your area.


About Me

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.