Kegel exercises

plural noun
Ke·​gel exercises | \ ˈkā-gəl- How to pronounce Kegel exercises (audio) , ˈkē- How to pronounce Kegel exercises (audio) \

Definition of Kegel exercises

: repetitive contractions of the pelvic muscles that control the flow in urination in order to strengthen these muscles especially to control or prevent incontinence or to enhance sexual responsiveness during intercourse

called also Kegels

First Known Use of Kegel exercises

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kegel exercises

Arnold H. Kegel †1976 American gynecologist

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“Kegel exercises.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kegel%20exercises. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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Kegel exercises

noun plural
Ke·​gel exercises | \ ˈkā-gəl- How to pronounce Kegel exercises (audio) , ˈkē- How to pronounce Kegel exercises (audio) \

Medical Definition of Kegel exercises

: repetitive contractions of the muscles that control the flow in urination in order to increase the tone of the pubococcygeus muscle of the pelvic floor especially to prevent or control incontinence or to enhance sexual responsiveness during intercourse Kegel exercises, which work the pelvic muscles and are often assigned after the delivery of a child, can be effective for stress incontinence.— Tracy L. Pipp, USA Today, 27 Jan. 1997 … encourage him to continue doing Kegel exercises. Studies confirm that incontinence after prostate surgery may continue to improve for more than two years postsurgery.— Diane A. Smith, quoted in The Saturday Evening Post, 1 July 2009

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