5. Ease Prostate Problems
Kegel exercises help overcome prostate problems in men by improving the health of the prostate gland. They also prevent prostate-related diseases that can develop due to malfunctioning of the prostate.
It has been found that by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, it becomes easier to reduce the discomforts of an enlarged prostate.
In fact, men who undergo surgical removal of the prostate gland are highly recommended to do Kegel exercises to strengthen the back muscles of the pelvic floor as well as reducing the side effects of surgery.
6. Improve Sex Health
Doing Kegel exercises also helps relax the vaginal muscles, increase vaginal lubrication, and improve a woman’s ability to reach orgasm.
In addition it improves blood circulation to the vagina.
A 2015 study published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research reports that eight weeks of doing pelvic muscle exercises increases the sexual self-efficacy in women after giving birth for the first time.
7. Ease Menopausal Symptoms
Doing Kegel exercises on a regular basis helps prepare a woman’s body for menopause. Menopause can cause the pelvic floor to weaken, since estrogen is needed to maintain its health.
But by doing these exercises, you can maintain the strength of your pelvic floor muscles as well as regain vaginal tightness.
They can also help ease menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, vaginal loosening and a decrease in sex drive.
- Make sure your bladder is empty before you do the exercises.
- Never practice Kegel exercises during urination because it can actually weaken the muscles over time. Also, it can increase your chance of a urinary tract infection.
- Try not to move your leg, buttocks or abdominal muscles during the exercises.
- If you experience pain in the abdomen, back, or vaginal area, it means you are doing not doing the exercise correctly.