The standard advice is to pretend as if you are passing gas.
Women are sometimes advised to imagine that they are tightening
the vagina around a tampon. In general, you should feel like you
are pulling in the anal area.
It can be difficult to isolate the pelvic floor muscles. People
contract their leg and abdominal muscles instead. It can help to
put your hand on your belly so you can sense when you are
contracting your abdominal muscles when you shouldn't be.
The advice to practice pelvic muscle exercises during urination
has been discarded. An article on urinary stress incontinence in
women in the March 6, 2008, New England Journal of
Medicine said this:
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