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Is a kegel exercise the same exact thing as "clench and release"?

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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
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In brief: Yes but there's more

The term kegel refers to pelvic muscles that tighten the pelvic floor. They close the 3 openings: urethra, vagina, and anus.
It's good to practice daily both quick squeeze & relax, as well as squeeze & hold (eg. 10 seconds) to optimize all functions of these muscles. Like any muscle regular exercise is necessary otherwise "you'll lose it if you don't use it.".

In brief: Yes but there's more

The term kegel refers to pelvic muscles that tighten the pelvic floor. They close the 3 openings: urethra, vagina, and anus.
It's good to practice daily both quick squeeze & relax, as well as squeeze & hold (eg. 10 seconds) to optimize all functions of these muscles. Like any muscle regular exercise is necessary otherwise "you'll lose it if you don't use it.".
Dr. Scott Kramer
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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology

In brief: Kind of

A "kegel" squeeze tightens the muscles you would use 2 stop urine streamor hold gas in.
Problem: many women have poor muscle control &can't do the exercises. Our brain wants to squeeze, the muscles don't work, so we squeeze something down there& can make it worse. Pelvic floor physical therapy if available is the best way to go. There are few other damaged muscles we would try to fix on our own.

In brief: Kind of

A "kegel" squeeze tightens the muscles you would use 2 stop urine streamor hold gas in.
Problem: many women have poor muscle control &can't do the exercises. Our brain wants to squeeze, the muscles don't work, so we squeeze something down there& can make it worse. Pelvic floor physical therapy if available is the best way to go. There are few other damaged muscles we would try to fix on our own.
Dr. Denise Elser
Dr. Denise Elser
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