Are Kegel Exercises Really Enough?

woman in jacket looking thoughtfulYou’ve probably heard of Kegels at some point, especially if you’re a mother. These vagina-tightening exercises can help to strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor, and you can do them anywhere. How well do they actually work, though? Can Kegels really rejuvenate your intimate area and restore vaginal tightness without additional tightening treatments?

What Causes Vaginal Laxity?

Vaginal laxity can be caused by a number of factors, including weight fluctuations and childbirth. Women who have had more than one vaginal birth may be especially susceptible to looseness of the vaginal tissues. Pelvic and vaginal weakness can also be brought about by chronic conditions that may strain the area, such as constipation.

Women who have had a major weight loss may experience increased vaginal laxity.

What Exactly Is a Kegel?

Kegels are simple vagina tightening exercises. To do a Kegel, squeeze the muscles you would use to stop the flow of urine. Hold for a few seconds, then release and do it again. Do this a few times throughout the day, working up to longer periods of contraction. Over time, these exercises may help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. This can contribute to a greater degree of vaginal tightness.

When Kegels Won’t Cut It

Kegels won’t cause any harm as long as you do them properly, and there’s certainly a chance that you’ll see some improvement in vaginal tightness as a result of doing your Kegels. For most women, though, doing Kegels is simply not enough. Many women are finding that Viveve® makes a great addition to vagina tightening exercises. The nonsurgical treatment uses innovative technology to stimulate collagen production, which can help tone and tighten the vaginal tissues.*

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.


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