November 4th, 2013
The pubococcygeus muscle or PC muscle is a hammock-like muscle, found in both sexes, that stretches from the pubic bone to the coccyx (tail bone) forming the floor of the pelvic cavity and supporting the pelvic organs. This muscle is sometimes known as the pelvic floor muscle because it supports your bladder, bowel and, for women, the uterus as well. Both men and women have this muscle. This is the muscle that can shut off your urine flow. When you urinate and stop the flow of your urine, the pubococcygeal muscle is what you are working with when you stop your urine flow.
The best way to find your PC muscle is to stop your urine mid-flow. The muscles you felt flex, are the PC muscles. The next time you have to urinate, start to go and then stop. Feel the muscles in your vagina, bladder, or anus get tight and move up. These are the pelvic floor muscles. If you feel them tighten, you’ve done the exercise right.
Strengthening your PC muscle with exercises known as Kegels, named after the developer, Dr. Arnold Kegel, benefits both women and men. Basically there are 3 levels of Kegels exercises depending on how long you have been doing Kegels workout:
PLEASE NOTE! Don’t Overexercise.
Some people feel that they can speed up the progress by increasing the number of repetitions and the frequency of exercises. However, over-exercising can instead cause muscle fatigue and increase urine leakage.
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