One of the most common questions I get from friends, acquaintances, and patients is “How do I know that I’m doing Kegels right?” With patients who see me for pelvic floor problems, this is easy to assess. But I can’t really do that with my friends and readers, which brings us to this post!
In 1948, Dr. Arnold Kegel published a study about exercises to increase muscle tone of the pelvic floor muscles (specifically pubococcygeus) to treat women with incontinence (leaking pee) after childbirth. Scientists are super original so the exercises were named after him. Thus the birth of Kegels (Get it!? Birth... kegel!? Just LOL silently for me ok?)
Since then Kegels have become a magical, fix all cure.