5 Reasons Why You Should Start Doing Kegel Exercises Now

Kegel exercises, or pelvic floor exercises, are not just for having better orgasms. They can actually help prevent important health issues that you should start taking care of now. Pelvic floor exercises help strengthen your pelvic floor and vaginal muscles. But a strong pelvic floor may not only heightening your sensitivity during sexual intercourse, no, it also prevents urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse.

Probably youā€™re thinking: incontinence, prolapse? That doesnā€™t affect me now, so thanks, but no thanks. Well, we strongly advise you to hear us out right now, you can thank us later. And we donā€™t want to be the ones who have to say: Told you so. Please, donā€™t make us do that.

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Kegel Exercises Now

#1: Prevent Incontinence

Urinary incontinence, unfortunately, is more likely to happen to women than men. In fact, itĀ affects up to 25% to 45% of women, and the figures increase with age, mostly starting after childbirth (more on that later).

The most common and distressingĀ symptomsĀ areĀ leaking small amounts of urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing. The main cause being, yep ā€“ you guessed it, weak pelvic floor muscles.

Not being able to have a spontaneous laugh, or dreading a sneeze is not very pleasant and up front embarrassing and distressingĀ if you leak some urine at the same time.



#2 Easier Childbirth and post-partum

Giving birth stretches the pelvic floor muscles, which are in control of holding urine. When weakened, the natural consequence is that they fail to do their job correctly.

Incontinence after childbirth isnā€™t uncommon. In fact, up toĀ 50% of women experience incontinenceĀ after giving birth,Ā  affecting women who have given birth vaginally more often than women who had c-sections.

ā€œEven a seemingly uneventful pregnancy and delivery can change urinary control for up to 50 percent of women,ā€ says Roger Goldberg, M.D., director of urogynecology research at the University of Chicago NorthShore University HealthSystem and author of ā€œEver Since I Had My Babyā€ (Random House).

Prevention is key

Even during pregnancy, Kegel exercises are useful as they may help you have an easier birth and a faster postpartum recovery (weā€™re just guessing here, but probably BeyoncĆ© did a lot of Kegelsā€¦)

Prevention is key: it is very important to prepare our bodies for pregnancy and labour. This entails not only a healthy lifestyle, but working out the part of our body that is going to bear the weight of all the changes our bodies will go through: the pelvic floorā€ ā€“Gema Garcia GĆ”lvez

#3 Kegel Exercises Can Reduce Lower Back Pain

Mostly we relate back pain to stress, bad posture and sometimes period cramps. But as theĀ gynaecologist and pelvic floor expert Gema Garcia GĆ”lvez explains in her blog ā€œLower back pain is often directly related to a weak pelvic floorĀ because the bone of the pelvic floor stabilizes the pelvis and lower spine.ā€

If you start kegeling now, your chances of suffering later are reduced. You and your lower back will thank you later, trust Gema, sheā€™s an expert.

#4 Emotional well-being

Guess what, this reason is also related to incontinence (sorry to be a pain and keep getting back to that incontinence topic, but Ā itā€™s such a big deal nobody talks about.)

Hereā€™s the link between urinary incontinence and emotion well-being.

Suffering from urinary incontinence can affect your self-esteem, your mood and even your quality of life. Most people will feel really distressed when they stop being able to control their bladders. Constantly feeling insecurity and shame ist not very different to the situations experienced byĀ people with periods that lack resources to manage their menstruation. The stress related to the fear of humiliation, of staining clothes or smelling can be so severe, it can stopĀ people with periods from seeking help.

This is particularly traumatic for those who lose control of their bladder, rather suddenly, for instance, young women that start suffering from incontinence after giving birth.

"Since I had my baby five years ago, Ā I ā€œleakā€ sometimes when I sneeze or laugh very hard. I am only 36 and it makes me feel insecure, specially at work."

Some are even too embarrassed to speak to their doctors about possible treatment. One of which would be trainingĀ the pelvic floor muscles.


#5 Sexual Sensibility

We really donā€™t want to focus on sex Ā (there are enough articles on that already), but ā€“ itā€™s an aspect that should be mentioned nevertheless (plus, sex is sex and who doesnā€™t enjoy a little chitchat about it). So, did you know that a weak pelvic floor muscle can also reduce the sensation in the vagina, which can affect the sensations while having sexual intercourse?

Yeah, thatā€™s what I thought. Shocking, right?

The sooner you start, the sooner youā€™ll benefit.

All these bullet points combined (or even just one of them) should make it pretty clear how important strong pelvic floor muscles are. Start strengthening them as soon as possible, especially when these pelvic floor exercises are quite easy to do.

Even if it seems that prolapse, incontinence or pregnancy are topics still in the far future and not on your mind at all, you should start investing in your health now. Like Gema Garcia GƔlvez said: prevention is key.

So, while all of usĀ work to destigmatize urinary incontinence, start having open talks about problems or issues we might experience with our vaginas, fight the fear to askĀ for help and advice, you will nowĀ spend a few minutes every day working your pelvic muscles out, starting now.





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