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Week pelvic muscles lead to urine leakage (incontinence). Using kegel exercises for urinary incontinence will strengthen the muscles supporting the bladder, the urethra, rectum and uterus. Practicing kegel exercises regularly reduces and ultimately eliminates urine leakage. It may even prevent the need of having surgery done. If you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, you will ease your urinary incontinence, as simple as that.
What Are Pelvic Floor Muscles?
The pelvic floor muscles are, in fact, a network of muscles that help you control your urine flow by supporting your bladder. Each man has three pelvic muscles:
- The sphincter muscles — these muscles are used for opening and closing the urethra (the tube used for draining urine from the bladder).
- The bladder itself is a muscle in a form of a balloon which holds your urine
- The pelvic floor muscle (a.k.a. pubococcygeus or PC muscle) is used for supporting your bladder and rectum, and it helps controlling urine flow.
What Relates Kegel Exercises to Urinary Incontinence?
The prostate is small, around the size of a walnut. It is a gland located right under the bladder and it surrounds the upper part of the urethra. The tube that carries urine all the way through the penis to outside the body is the urethra, as we’ve already learned. The prostate gland is surrounded by many muscles and those might weaken over years, especially if not exercised. Once these muscles weaken, urine leakage might occur. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can help gain control of your urine flow, because they help gain better control of the bladder.
How Long Will it Take to Strengthen These Muscles?
Keep in mind that this can’t happen instantly. Just as it takes time to build your triceps and strengthen them, it takes time to strengthen the muscles placed in your pelvic floor.
Kegel for men can be done for over six weeks until the first results occur. If you use a male kegel exercise device such as the MPT Male personal trainer to add some weight to your pelvic floor muscles workout, you may shorten the time until you start noticing the results. You should look at using the exercise devise just as adding weight to any regular muscle exercise — the results are more solid, and they come quicker when weight is added.
It is proven that most men gain control over their pelvic muscles if they use kegel exercises for urinary incontinence. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the results within a day or two, stay positive and accept the fact there is no way your urine leakage won’t get any better with these exercises. It is only a matter of time and persistence until you get rid of this unpleasant problem. Regular exercise leads to firm pelvic floor muscles, and once those muscles get stronger, you will notice the situation is improving. Remember, this is not a one-time treatment. Once you strengthen your muscles, you will have to keep working on the kegel exercises so you can obtain the muscle strength and keep urinary incontinence away from your life for the years to come.