Kegel exercise, also known as pelvic floor exercise, involves repeatedly contracting and relaxing themusclesthat form part of thepelvic floor, now sometimes colloquially referred to as the "Kegel muscles". The exercise can be performed multipletimes each day, for several minutes at a time, for one to three months, to begin to have an effect.
Kegel exercises aim to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles have many functions within the human body. In women, they are responsible for: holding up the humanbladder, preventingurinary stress incontinence(especially after childbirth), vaginal and uterine prolapse.In men, these muscles are responsible for: urinary continence, fecal continence, andejaculationin men.Several tools exist to help with these exercises, although various studies debate the relative effectiveness of different tools versus traditional exercises.