Meaning of Kegel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkeɪɡl/


  • 1as modifier Denoting exercises performed by a woman to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, involving repetitions of both sustained and rapid voluntary contractions of the muscles and used especially to treat urinary incontinence and improve sexual function.

    ‘she recommends women do Kegel exercises two to three times a day’
    • ‘Friedman disclosed the secret to a better sex life: Kegel exercises.’
    • ‘Pelvic floor exercises (also known Kegel exercises) are the best way to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.’
    • ‘Kegel exercises have long been recommended for women with urinary incontinence or women looking to strengthen their pelvic muscles following childbirth.’
    • ‘Women who leak urine may have better control of these muscles by doing pelvic muscle exercises called Kegel exercises.’
    • ‘She recommends adding Kegel exercises - contractions of the muscles that control urine flow - to your regular strength-training program.’
    • ‘Sessions included education about urinary tract structure and function, development of individualized voiding schedules, and instruction on Kegel exercises.’
    • ‘Exercises include pelvic floor muscle contraction and relaxation (Kegel exercises) to improve voluntary control.’
    • ‘Vitamin E can help, as can Kegel exercises, which help restore elasticity.’
    • ‘These sites give details about Kegel exercises that are supposed to strengthen the muscles down there.’
    • ‘Ask your doctor to tell you about Kegel exercises.’
    • ‘Muscle toning that affect the grip of the vagina on the penis during intercourse can be improved through regular Kegel exercises.’
    • ‘The most common are the basic Kegel exercises, which involve contracting your pelvic-floor muscles.’
    • ‘Could you please comment on the utility of Kegel exercises in helping incontinence?’
    • ‘Kegel exercises, in which you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by contracting them, are the best treatment for stress incontinence, says Hudson, a naturopath.’
    • ‘This should be performed in conjunction with Kegel exercises.’
    • ‘Although studies of Kegel exercises address only their effectiveness in managing urinary incontinence, the exercises were proposed originally as a way to strengthen pelvic support.’
    • ‘Once you have learned to isolate those muscles, perform Kegel exercises (contracting the muscles) in five sets of 10 per day to strengthen them.’
    • ‘Kegel exercises are very effective in helping incontinence.’
    • ‘Often used by practitioners of tantric sex as a way of retaining their precious bodily fluids during orgasm, Kegel exercises are thought to increase sexual sensation.’
    • ‘If you have weak pelvic floor muscles, your doctor might want you to do special exercises called Kegel exercises.’
    1. 1.1KegelsKegel exercises.
      • ‘the best part about Kegels is that you can do them whenever and wherever you want to’


1950s named after the US physician Dr Arnold Kegel (1894–1976), who developed the exercises.