The pubococcygeal, or PC, muscle is involved in dozens of functions of the human body. A strong PC muscle may benefit men and women of all ages, particularly those suffering from sexual dysfunction or incontinence. Simple daily exercises can help to strengthen and tone the PC muscle. Anyone interested in exercises to enhance pubococcygeal strength should consult a health care provider for advice and feedback. Tools such as vaginal weights, biofeedback kits and electrical stimulation machines may also improve the efficacy of pubococcygeal exercises.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, PC exercises were originally developed as a treatment option for urinary incontinence in women after childbirth. Today, a strong PC muscle is still considered to be essential for treating stress incontinence and urge incontinence, particularly in postpartum women. In addition. as women age, the muscles of the pelvic floor weaken. Toning the PC muscle can alleviate some age-related incontinence.
A strong PC muscle can prevent or treat fecal incontinence, a common problem in people who have had surgery or suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that strong PC muscles improve the function of the rectal sphincter.
The Better health Channel reports that weak pubococcygeal muscles can cause reduced pleasure during sex. Toning the muscles using Kegel exercises may improve sexual function in women who have difficulty reaching orgasm from intercourse. In men, a strong PC muscle may help to treat premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction.
According to the Better Health Channel, a strong PC muscle can delay or prevent pelvic organ prolapse--a condition that occurs when the uterus, urethra or rectum bulge into the vagina. This troublesome disorder that causes aching in the vagina usually occurs as the pelvic floor muscles weaken in older women and in women who have given birth.
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