Originally Posted by Mi_LuBelle
Actually even the kegels thing has been up for debate, and the researchI've done all points to kegels being pretty worthless. And from experience with my first I can't argue that.
Skip the kegels and do your squats, lots of squats... Ina May would agree
OK, my computer keeps losing this post, so I'm going to sum it up.
I'd not heard this about Kegels, and they make perfect sense, since muscle exercises work to strengthen muscles, so I looked it up on PubMed, and here is what I found.
1. Mohktar, et al., 2013. A quantitative approach to measure women's sexual function using electromyography: A preliminary study of the Kegel exercise. Medical Science Monitor.
Basically, they found that women in the study group (who did Kegels) showed a significant increase in quantitative and qualitative pelvic floor strength and sexual function.
2. Park, et al., 2013. Effect of Kegel exercise to prevent urinary and fecal incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women: A systematic review. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing.
They found that Kegel exercises did significantly decrease urinary and fecal incontinence in women from pregnancy to postpartum.
3. Kashanian, et al, 2011. Evaluation of the effect of pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT or Kegel exercise) and assisted pelvic floor muscle training (APFMT) by a resistance device (Kegelmaster device) on the urinary incontinence in women: a randomized trial. European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology.
They found that although there was no significant improvement with the device, Kegel exercises with and without an assistive device "are effective for improvement of urinary incontinence in women."
There were a bunch of others that were the same thing. I didn't see any that concluded that Kegels were useless. Mi_Lubelle, can you give us some references to this. I'd be interested to read what authors found Kegels worthless and why. I'm always for learning new things.