Are You Considering Hysterectomy, Prolapse Surgery, or Surgery for Leaking Pee? Consider Kegels First — But Make Sure You Do Kegels Right

by Alyce Adams, RN, BSN

"Susan"* had surgery scheduled to find relief from incontinence. She leaked pee so badly she was like a prisoner in her own home, chained to the bathroom. After just two weeks of kegels, she was able to take a two-mile walk with almost no leaks. Three months later, she says kegels have "given back my life and my freedom."

" Ann" had problems moving her bowels because of a rectocele (prolapsed rectum). She'd been doing kegels for years, but she was doing them incorrectly, without much benefit. She was looking into surgery to treat the rectocele, but after two weeks of doing kegels right, the doctors couldn't find the rectocele anymore.

Hundreds of thousands of women have pelvic surgery every year to treat incontinence or prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, or uterine prolapse). For many women, surgery helps. For others, surgery doesn't solve the problem, or creates new problems that might be even worse.

Surgery may work well for some women. But before you rush into surgery, consider giving kegels a try.

I'm not talking about a few kegels here and there when you happen to think of it. That approach to kegels won't work. I'm talking about learning how to do kegels correctly -- contracting the right muscles, for the right amount of time, the right number of times a day, using the right position and the right breathing. Sounds like a lot of work? Not really; all it takes is a couple hours to learn and a few minutes a day to actually do it. Kegels do require your commitment, but for those who experience the benefits of kegels, it's a tiny investment for enormous positive gain.

Surgery is potentially dangerous (it can lead to many complications -- ironically, including prolapse). It typically involves painful recovery, and it's always expensive. (And I don't know about you, but for me, the idea of getting the sensitive, private parts of my body cut into and stitched up is not my idea of a good time!)

Kegels are completely safe: as long as you do them right, it's literally impossible to hurt yourself. You can do kegels at home on your own, keeping your independence and personal power intact. Kegels are painless. They can actually be fun and relaxing! There are no drugs, no complications. Doing kegels is free. And the one side effect kegels do have? Better sex. It's no wonder women love kegels!

Have you been living with prolapse or incontinence for years already? Talk with your health care team, and consider taking a few months to really and truly give kegels a try -- real kegels, done right. You have nothing to lose, and you could have a whole lot to gain.

*Susan and Ann are real women, students of mine who have had life-changing results by doing the Kegel Queen Program. Their names have been changed here to protect their privacy.

Alyce Adams, RN, the Kegel Queen, has been a registered nurse since 2001 and is the mother of one. She offers complete and detailed instructions for her original, research-based, fun and easy kegel program, teaching women everything about how to do kegels right in a two-hour course, at www.KegelQueen.com.

All Kegel Queen informational material, including the material presented here, is for educational purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice and is not a substitute for medical advice or other medical care.