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Pelvic floor exercises are designed to strengthen the
muscles located around the bladder opening. By
exercising these muscles, you may improve your

In order to get the maximum benefit from these exercises,
it is very important that you perform them correctly.

Exercising your Pelvic Floor Muscles

Pelvic floor exercises may be done with other activities, such as watching television, ironing, or relaxing, making this form of bladder treatment non-stressful and yet very effective.
Your pelvic floor needs different types of exercise to work all the muscles such as quick exercises, when the muscles are rapidly tightened then relaxed, and slow exercises, when the muscles are tightened & held for at least 10 seconds then relaxed,like cardio and weight work at the gym.

How to Exercise Your Pelvic Floor Muscles

Every pelvic floor muscle squeeze needs to be done as strong as possible as it is the ONLY way the muscle can be strengthened and your condition can improve.

  • First of all sit, stand or lie down with your legs slightly apart and the muscles in your thighs, buttocks and abdomen relaxed.
  • Tighten the ring of muscle around your front and back passages drawing the muscles up inside.
  • Try to complete up to 10 slow squeezes and up to 10 fast squeezes.
  • Do this whole exercise routine at least 4–5 times a day.
  • Try doing your pelvic floor exercises when watching television, reading a book, or while sitting in the car in traffic.

Note: While doing your exercises:

  • Do not hold your breath
  • Do not push down instead of squeezing and lifting up
  • Do not tighten your stomach, bottom or thigh muscles
  • Do not go overboard on your first attempt, instead gradually increase your exercises.

View the Poise® Interactive Guide

Use the Poise® interactive guide to help you locate and give your Pelvic Floor Muscles a work-out.

Consult with your doctor or health care professional

Please consult your doctor or health care professional before commencing pelvic floor exercises. Because it may take several weeks to notice an improvement, it is important that you continue doing these exercises. Regular periodic follow-ups with your doctor will assess the benefits of these exercises as well as provide the opportunity to review your pelvic floor exercise technique. If your symptoms do not improve, ask your doctor or health care professional to help you. Many women need help to identify the correct muscles to use, and to tailor an exercise program to suit them.