Can Men Do Kegels?

This week a client asked a great question: Do men have kegels and can they exercise them?

Men do have kegels–pelvic floor muscles–and they can exercise them. We tend to put more importance on women doing kegels because they have children and often want and need to strengthen the muscles after giving birth.

However, kegel exercises can be just as important for men since generally speaking the kegel does much of the same work whether in men or women. The kegel muscles help support the pelvis; kegel exercises are believed to reduce incontinence; and there is support that they help increase sexual pleasure for both men and women, potentially providing men with more control over their orgasm.

Men sometimes have more trouble finding their kegel, but it can be difficult for everyone. My first suggestion is always to stop the flow of urine when you are going to the bathroom. The muscles you engage are your kegel muscles. For men who are still having trouble finding the muscles think, “Turn your head and cough.” To exercise the kegel you engage the muscle and release it, holding for various amounts of time. You do not have to engage all the way. Ideally, you want to contract the kegel muscle at a level you can keep it contracted all day long, but you will probably need to build up to that.


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Christoph December 14, 2008 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Men don’t have “Kegels” (and neither do women) so, no, they can’t exercise them.

    Kegels is the name of the exercise, named after Dr. Kegel. The muscle is the pubococcygeus (“PC”).

  2. Danny W. May 15, 2009 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Maggie is absolutely right. Men need to do these kegel exercises too. Funny thing is, most men don’t even know they have the muscle in their body… or they just never think about it. (If only they knew!) LOL. Whether you do these on your own (if you’re disciplined enough to) or use KegelCoach (a kegel exercise website), you just need to do them. 3 sets a day and every other day. Thanks, Maggie for opening up some guys’ eyes! 😉

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