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Pelvic Support

Pelvic support issues are common and problematic for both men and women. Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. They were originally developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel in 1948 as a method of controlling incontinence in women following childbirth and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises are now recommended for women with urinary stress incontinence, incontinence after childbirth, men who may have urinary incontinence after prostate surgery, and people who have fecal incontinence.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Pelvic Support Problems
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq012.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20120305T1118362917The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, or ACOG, provides excellent information for understanding pelvic support problems and the symptoms associated with the disorder.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Informative booklet written especially for women.

American Urogynecologic Society Foundation
This Web site has been designed by physicians for women who want to know more about pelvic floor disorders, a treatable medical condition affecting millions of women. The UGS Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders.

Journal Articles

  • “Pelvic problems: muscle dysfunction can cause symptoms.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 14(2):4-5. February 2010.
  • “Facing incontinence after prostate surgery.” Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 20(4):4–5. June 2008.
  • “Handling the ‘stress’ and ‘urge’ of incontinence." Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 21(9):4–5. November 2009.
  • “Pelvic floor muscle training versus no treatment for urinary incontinence in women. A Cochrane systematic review.” Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2008 Mar;44(1):47-63.
  • “Stress incontinence: surgical treatments for women.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 26(8):1–3. August 2008.


  • A seat on the aisle, please: the essential guide to urinary tract problems in women. Kavalier E. 2006
  • A woman’s guide to urinary incontinence. Genadry R. 2008
  • Chronic prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Shoskes DA, ed. 2008.
  • Ever since I had my baby: understanding, treating, and preventing the most common physical aftereffects of pregnancy and childbirth. Goldberg RP. 2003.
  • Female genital prolapse and urinary incontinence. Gomel V, ed. 2008.
  • Overcoming urinary incontinence: a woman’s guide to treatment. Safir MH, 2008.
  • Regaining bladder control: what every woman needs to know. Rogers R. 2006
  • Saving the whole woman. Kent C. 2006
  • You go, girl: but only when you want to. Lavender MD. 2007.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Alberto Culver Health Learning Center  at 312.926.5465, or e-mail us at hlc@nmh.org.

Last UpdateOctober 29, 2012