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Kegel Exercise

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Updated November 25, 2007

Definition: An exercise devoloped by Dr. Arnold Kegel designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor -- especially the pubococcygeal (PC) muscles -- to increase vaginal muscle tone, improve sexual response, and limit involuntary urine release due to stress urinary incontinence. These exercises are often prescribed following childbirth or during and after menopause.
Pronunciation: KAY-gull EX-er-size
Also Known As: Pelvic floor training (PVT), pelvic floor exercises, PC exercises
Common Misspellings: Kagel exercise, Kagle exercise
Examples:
She noticed a great improvement in her stress incontinence once she started doing Kegel exercises several times a day.

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