Ladies, you have probably heard this at some point in the past — ‘You should do your Kegels!’ I hope that you have and that you do do them. If not, then let me do the honor — You should do your Kegels!
Ever wonder WHY?
A bit of background first. In the late 1940’s Dr. Arnold Kegel — an American gynecologist in Southern California — was doing research and documenting the benefits of exercising the muscles that comprise the pelvic floor. These exercises later became known as the ‘Kegels’. Yes, they are named after a MAN. Dr. Kegel’s subjects were women who had recently given birth and had sustained pelvic floor muscle injury as a consequence. He found that the sooner they started exercising, the quicker they returned to functional activity. The women that actively exercised their pelvic floor muscles had decreased urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) and pelvic organ prolapse (descent of pelvic organs into the vaginal canal). …