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3 Great Reasons To Do Those Kegels after Hysterectomy

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Reasons to do Kegel Exercises after hysterectomyI keep hearing about Kegel exercises. How can they help me?

Your pelvic floor forms a hammock that supports your bladder, uterus, and rectum. When the pelvic floor is damaged or weakened by surgery—like a hysterectomy—things can get a little messy. But Kegel exercises can help!

Here are 3 great reasons to start doing Kegel exercises today!

1. Stop Stress Incontinence


A weak pelvic floor can create problems with urinary and fecal incontinence—meaning, you may have involuntary leaks when you laugh, sneeze, or cough. Just what you always wanted, right? As you strengthen your pelvic muscles, these problems will slowly start to fade.

2. Heighten Sexual Response


Looking for a little more spice under the sheets? Regular Kegel exercises can tone up loose vaginal muscles, making intimacy a little more intimate for both you and your partner.

3. Prevent Prolapse


When your pelvic floor is weak, you are at greater risk for pelvic floor prolapse. This means your bladder, vaginal vault, rectum and and other pelvic organs could fall out of their proper place. Depending on the damage, fixing it may require surgery. Doing your Kegel exercises regularly can help prevent all of this, saving you a lot of pain and trouble.

How to Do Kegels


The first step to Kegel exercises is finding the right muscles. You can do this by ether stopping urine midstream, or inserting a finger and squeezing until you feel pressure around your finger. You can also ask your doctor or nurse for guidance.

Once you've found the right muscles, lie on your back with an empty bladder. Practice contracting these muscles a few seconds at a time, and releasing. Be careful to focus only on these muscles—do not clinch your buttocks, abs, or thighs. Repeat it 3-5 times in a row, 2-3 times a day. As you continue this routine, work toward 10 second contractions. You probably won't notice results for at least a few weeks, but keep at it!


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-18-2014 - 07:19 PM


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