Why Are Kegels Not Working For Me?

Do you have a prolapse or incontinence? Are you doing Kegels and they’re still not working?

You’re not alone.

Women, just like you, are told that Kegels are the solution for every pelvic floor issue — Pelvic Organ Prolapse(POP), Incontinence, Diastasis Recti, and more. Oddly enough, this is a myth.

But, how is it possible that the one thing recommended by doctors for pelvic health doesn’t work?

We asked the same exact question, and also felt the colossal disappointment and frustration that you’re feeling now.

So, why don’t Kegels work? To understand that, let’s take a step back to understand how Kegels actually affect your pelvic floor. 

How are Kegels supposed to work?

Kegels are exercises designed to strengthen your pelvic floor — the group of muscles and tissues at the base of your pelvis. The exercises themselves involve repeatedly contracting and relaxing your pelvic muscles, the same ones used to stop urine flow. These exercises are intended to be done several times a day for months at a time in order to show the desired results.

Kegels work by toning the muscles in your pelvic floor, therefore making them stronger. A strong pelvic floor is said to improve symptoms of prolapse, incontinence, or sexual health dysfunction. However, the latest scientific evidence shows that Kegels don’t work for 4 out of 5 women. This is because Kegels don’t address the root cause of pelvic floor dysfunction (Hint: the root cause is not a weak pelvic floor).

What really causes pelvic floor dysfunction?

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) refers to a broad number of symptoms and conditions relating to the inability of the pelvic floor muscles to conduct their necessary functions. These symptoms and conditions include:
These symptoms are common after major pelvic events such as pregnancy, childbirth, menopause or hormonal changes. This is because the root causes of pelvic floor dysfunction are often sparked or worsened by these major events. The most important of those root causes are: scar tissue, pelvic floor tension, and environmental factors.

Scarred & Frozen Fascia

The biggest risk factor for pelvic floor dysfunction is having scar tissue in your fascia. Fascia is the most important body part you’ve never heard of. It’s the connective tissue that weaves throughout your body keeping all your organs, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, nerve endings, and blood vessels in their proper position.

Scarred & Frozen Fascia

Around 87% of women have scar tissues in their fascia, which are caused by things like giving birth, unreleased emotional trauma, menopause and hormonal changes. These scar tissues create a pressure or bulge on your pelvic fascia, which in turn creates a “pull” that makes your pelvic organs feel like they are falling out.

Pelvic Floor Tension

Women with pelvic floor dysfunction tend to have an over-active, or hypertonic pelvic floor. When you develop a hypertonic pelvic floor, your pelvic floor muscles lose stamina and their ability to contract when needed. In turn, this makes it more difficult for the pelvic floor organs to perform their regular function, such as holding in urine or keeping organs in place. Contrary to popular belief, a hypertonic pelvic floor is a weak pelvic floor too.

Environmental Factors

The pelvic floor can be heavily influenced by lifestyle and environmental factors. Trauma can play a big role, particularly for women who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse in the past. Accidental trauma or repetitive physical stress, such as through horseback riding, can also be a factor in pelvic conditions. Lastly, lifestyle factors such as diet and hormones have a huge impact on pelvic floor function.

Why don't Kegels help pelvic floor dysfunction?

Since the root causes of pelvic floor dysfunction are due to Frozen & Scarred Fascia, Pelvic Floor Tension or Environmental factors, Kegels have no role to play here.

Because Kegels are designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. However, pelvic floor dysfunction is not caused by weakness in these muscles, but by scarring, tension and other factors.

Kegels don’t address these causes. Plus, in the case of tense pelvic floors, doing Kegel exercises can actually make things worse.

Similarly, if you have pelvic floor issues, you wouldn’t do a strengthening exercise like Kegels, would you?

Kegels can fatigue our pelvic floor muscles and cause greater weakness or even muscle spasms. This is why doing Kegels actually promotes urinary incontinence in 25% of cases, instead of reversing it.

So, why are Kegels prescribed for pelvic floor dysfunction?

When Kegels were invented, they might not have been intended to be a one-size-fits-all approach. But here we are 70+ years later and they’re still the primary, and in some cases, the only recommendation for women with pelvic floor dysfunctions.

We know doctors are trying to help us, so why do they keep recommending Kegels if they don’t work?

The truth is, there’s not a big enough focus on women’s health as there should be. Our modern healthcare system has largely been built and influenced by men — while the voices and medical conditions of women have been silenced or ignored. So, while modern studies show Kegels could be hurting many women, this hasn’t caused enough concern to change the status quo.

Many doctors are not even aware of the results of this research. Even if they are, they often don’t know that there are any alternatives to Kegels. In short, there just isn’t enough information out there right now to move the needle towards better standardized practices for women’s pelvic health.

Are there any alternatives to Kegels that work?

Yes, there are alternatives besides pessaries or surgery!

Rather than strengthening your pelvic floor, what you need is to create a reflexive pelvic floor, that’s supportive, flexible, and scar-free to help you function optimally in everyday life. 

Reversing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction is a complex process that takes more than just a single exercise. That’s why we created the No Kegels System (NKS) with the top natural methods from around the world that address every aspect of pelvic floor dysfunction, from the physical to the psychological.

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