Incontinence

Updated 15 June 2016

Beating incontinence

Incontinence problems can often be improved by doing regular Kegel exercises (pelvic muscle-strengthening exercises).

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Incontinence problems can often be improved by doing regular Kegel exercises (pelvic muscle-strengthening exercises).
  • Contract the pelvic muscles as if trying to close the vaginal opening.
  • Hold the contraction for a count of three and then relax.
  • Wait a few seconds and repeat.

Fast Kegels (squeezing and relaxing muscles as quickly as possible) can also help.

Performing several Kegels per day (try for 50) can improve bladder control - and may also be beneficial for sexual intercourse.

 

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Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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