Chronic Interstitial Cystitis Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises may reduce symptoms of interstitial cystitis.
Kegel exercises suppress the urge to urinate by contracting the muscles that control urination. This gradually increases the amount of urine a person can hold in the bladder before feeling the urge to void The goal is to reach 2 hours between urinating while awake, and 6-8 hours at night.
How to perform Kegel exercises:
- Contract your muscles upward and inward while voiding, so that you can stop the flow of urine.
- Hold this position for a count of 6 seconds.
- Release the urine for a count of 6 seconds.
- Repeat the above one more time before emptying your bladder.
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