Understanding How Kegel Exercises Help Increase Libido During Menopause

When a woman gets to a certain age, some things start changing about her body system, especially matters related to her sexuality. She enters a stage generally referred to as menopause. Menopause begins when the secretion of the ovarian hormones oestrogen and progesterone decreases, this eventually stops menstrual bleedings. She starts experiencing symptoms like lack of sleep, anxiety, depression, loss of memory, urinary and sexual problems. This might be confused with aging but there are a lot of differences between menopause and aging.

Kegel is simply a reversible reduction of the pelvic floor muscles, it is mostly called a pelvic muscle exercise. The exercise was named after the first person to describe this reversible reduction of pelvic muscles (contraction). It is normally executed by couple of several muscles that surround the rectum, vagina, small bowel and urethra. These openings of the body should cover when the contraction is performed correctly.

A pelvic floor muscle contraction should not show any sign of effort as it can be done while standing on the queue at a grocery store without anybody noticing that you are doing it. The legs should not be closed together, stomach should not be pressed outward, squeezing the bottom is wrong. You will only feel the lifting your pelvic floor muscles and a little drawing in or tensing of your abdominal muscles.

They are however much harder to perform but sounds easy. For example in the early 1990s, there was a study published about the achievement of women undergoing Kegel exercise after short oral instructions. Only 49% carried out the reversible reduction of pelvic floor muscles (contraction) correctly when they were tested. However, about 25% of them executed them in a manner that would encourage prolapse. The outcome of the study was that only written or verbal instruction is not enough when trying out a Kegel exercise program.

Trying to exercise the pelvic muscle contractions accurately can be frustrating at first especially if you tend to reduce pelvic organ prolapse. After trying kegel exercise, most women say it doesn’t work. It’s possible that these women were not doing the kegel exercise rightly and effectively, thus making their prolapse worse. Muscles will only become weaker if you don’t exercise them correctly.

Based on the current level of women’s strength, they are likely to conduct pelvic muscle contractions frequently. It’s like going on a long race when maintaining the contraction for just few seconds for women with prolapse or over-exercising the muscle which likely produce painful muscle without gaining any strength. Sometimes, a reduction in muscle performance can occur due to over-exercising, meaning prolapse may worsen. However, few women sometimes under-exercise themselves and will not get them any stronger either.

You can do kegel exercises while sitting, standing, or lying down, your legs, back and stomach muscles should stay relaxed. It is always helpful not to forget that the muscle tightening part is as important as the relaxing part of this exercise. Be sure to breathe normally. If after trying you still feel unsuccessful, seek professional help from nurses and midwives. The results of kegel exercises might not come instantly however it should not be overdone. It might take a few months before you start reaping the rewards of this helpful technique.