TO KEGEL OR NOT TO KEGEL…THAT IS THE QUESTION…

When something is going on, “down there” and you go to your gynecologist, what do they say? Especially if you have had kids? They tell you to do your kegels, right? Keep doing them and it will get better soon. You aren’t doing enough. You aren’t holding them long enough. You don’t know how to do them. Then you look up online what to do and you get hundreds of different kegel programs. However, the unfortunate part is, most (yes the MAJORITY) of women (even men) do not know how to do the kegel exercise properly. How do you react when I say,

KEGELS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE

Whatttt?!? Did I just say that? Yes, I did. I 100% stand behind it too.
First of all, what exactly is a Kegel? Don’t worry if you don’t know, join the club. It was once thought to be a common word but unfortunately not so much. A kegel is an exercise where you “squeeze” the muscles around your vagina and your rectum to “close the holes.” We use these contractions to improve strength, endurance, coordination, or control of urgency/frequency, etc. But remember, not everyone needs to be doing them!
I’m going to give you a few reasons why the kegel exercise would NOT BE A GOOD THING TO DO:

  • You feel tightness in your stomach (lower region) or irritability, meaning those muscles are tense.

    • Don’t do a kegel because:

      • If you do, you are actually increasing the pressure of your lower abdomen/core region which will not help loosen things up OR make them function better. You would then just

  • The muscles on your inner thighs (adductors) into the groin are really tight.

    • Don’t do a kegel because:

      • You are already tense around the pelvic region and increasing tension by contracting the pelvic floor will not make a positive change. The best option to do FIRST is to stretch out the inner thighs and relieve the tension.

  • If you have pain in your vagina or pelvic region constantly or daily

    • Don’t do a kegel because:

      • This can indicate something else going on internally with the musculature. If you have tension or a problem going on internally already, then doing a kegel will only make things worse.

  • If you have pain inserting a tampon, having intercourse, or getting a pap smear done

    • Don’t do a kegel because:

      • You potentially have tightness in the musculature internally (pelvic floor region) which is contributing to the pain. Or you may be having sensitization impairments or problems (cannot feel what you should be feeling).

  • If you have difficulty performing a deep breathe with proper diaphragm movement

    • I posted about this before, but have put another video here for you. (Subscribe to my youtube channel for more!)

      • If you are unable to breathe properly you have no ability to control your internal pressure. You will have too much pressure in your abdomen already and with a kegel this will only increase.

Hopefully this clarifies some of your questions about whether or not Kegels are right for you. This, of course, is not to be utilized as medical information and if you are having pelvic floor dysfunction. Please let me know if you have any questions!
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