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What are Kegel exercises?
Women are often instructed to do Kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic-floor muscles. Kegel exercises are most often taught at childbirth classes. While Kegel exercises assist in vaginal childbirth, they can also strengthen the muscles that help you hold back urine. Kegel exercises are believed to reduce the incidence of stress and urge incontinence. Unfortunately, Kegel exercises are often done incorrectly, thus offering no benefit. The following instructions describe the correct way to do a Kegel exercise:
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