Problem with Kegels
There’s a great video on this thread that I am in the process of watching. I tried some of the exercises and I am not able to hold the kegel for 7 seconds without spasms.
I am just not sure I am doing the kegels correctly. I read somewhere that you should see a “wink” if activating the right muscles but I don’t see anything. I’ve heard that you know you’re using the right muscles if you can stop your stream of urine, but I already have issues emptying my bladder and stress incontinence so my gyn advised against that.
How can I tell if I’m doing it correctly?
EDIT (BY SCOTT+ZELDA): Here is a link to the original video so thread-hopping is not required. @MomOf5: if you don’t like this edit, either change it or ask me to remove it, I’m only trying to help readers.
I’m not too familiar with what female Kegels should “look” like, but I know we’ve had better luck with Kegel Weights for my DW than just normal Kegels. Just put in the weight and go…no real mental focus required. Here’s a thread on them: Maximizing your Kegel Grip.
@MomOf5: Sorry for the repeat information. Though I follow that Kegel-Weight thread, I had missed your recent contributions.
As a side note, if the weights can leave you aroused, just normal Kegels might too. Just doing Kegels can bring some people to O! And both you and Brynna experienced, to at least a degree, some arousal with the weights…maybe I should suggest my DW use hers more! 😈
Kegels worked well for me before babies. After that, I couldn’t tell when I was getting them or not, simply because my muscle tone was so poor. My bladder was fine, but vaginal muscles were not. After I switched to the weights, I have never gone back to doing Kegels and I have had great results.
Just a quick answer from me: pelvic floor therapy is worth it!
I went through six weeks of it a year and a half ago, it was enlightening. There are “experts” and products all over the internet but I would trust a pelvic floor specialist over them. Just kegels by themselves are not advised. Some people even have too tight of a pelvic floor which causes problems. You need a tailored plan and certain moves/exercises to do along with them based on your body’s situation.
Perifit is a kegel exerciser with an app so you play games while you’re working your pelvic floor (think of flappy bird). Wifey got one when it was on sale and enjoyed it, but I think the novelty wore off and I don’t think she uses it much now. I noticed a difference within the first few weeks when she was doing it more regularly. It has sensors for deep and shallow muscles so you get better feedback on what muscle group you’re flexing.