We have a very special post today, from one of our amazing moderators, HansTwilight. HansTwilight talks today about the dangers of excessive Kegeling. Derived from his own personal (and painful) experience, he gives us unique insight into what can happen when you get too much of a good thing.
“Kegels, Kegels, and more Kegels!”
This appears to be the primary advice given by guides on the internet instructing men on improving their erections, stamina, and ejaculation force. Although these claims are true, this advice is very vague and totally irresponsible.
As with all male enhancement exercises, whether it’s weightlifting, cardio, penis enlargement exercises, there is always a risk of injury associated with them, especially doing simple Kegels exercises. This article hopes to point out the risks associated with the abuse of Kegel exercises and how to avoid falling victim to some of the horror stories men have posted after having abused such exercises. I will also mention some of the treatment options for these conditions as well. Note that I am not a doctor, and I always recommend seeing a licensed physician to get a proper assessment.
I will first begin by establishing the common conditions that appear from abusing the Kegel, they are as listed:
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD)
- Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)
- Levator Ani Syndrome
- Hard Flaccid (HF)
Some of these are conditions you have probably never heard of, which is what makes things more complicated for men who see their doctors and are unsatisfied when the doctor sees no issues. That is because most of these conditions are not acknowledged by all medical communities, especially if the patient is living in a 3rd world country. It is my hope that these types of conditions will become more mainstream within the next decade or so.
“So Hans, what are these conditions and how do they occur?”
The first three conditions on the list are all caused by doing too many Kegel exercises. The last one (hard flaccid) is one that has many different possible causes, from stimulant use to severe anxiety, but they all involve the pelvic region.
The ideology behind the pelvic floor muscles is although they are skeletal muscles, they are still different because they never stop working. If they did, we would be incontinent. Because of this, I hypothesize they are, for lack of a better word, naive; they can be trained very easily. That being said, it’s paramount to follow a Kegel routine that also involves reverse Kegels. This allows the pelvic floor to maintain balance.
When the individual does too many Kegels, the pelvic floor can become overactive, tensing when it is not supposed to. A lot of this tension occurs in response to stress, and the medical community is becoming more aware now that some men (and women) are holding their stress in the pelvic floor which is a huge factor in many PFD cases.
“Hans, what is your definition of hard flaccid?”
Good question. In my opinion, hard flaccid is a vague term describing a bodily function that is perfectly normal. Exercising and weight lifting are common causes of hard flaccid. The problem is when the hard flaccid doesn’t go away, “Chronic Hard Flaccid” (a term I coined) is where the penis becomes hyper contracted, making erections impossible. A lot of people have their own way of defining it, but I think that the underlined sentence best describes what it is. In my opinion, the most common cause of hard flaccid is repressed anxiety.
“So then how do I avoid these conditions from happening to me?”
The important thing to keep in mind when doing Kegels is that less is more. You don’t need to do tons and tons of reps in order to strengthen the muscle, you need to focus on a high intensity/low volume routine. I have instructions on an example routine in my protocol, pink section.
Another important thing to remember is that you should never Kegel while you are stretching your penis. This can cause the BC muscle to pull, and it can lead to full blown PFD and hard flaccid, at least it did for me. (Read: Tug of War Theory)
“What should I do if I have any of these conditions?”
First things first, relax. Worrying will only worsen the condition, and anxiety will only make you more tense. You need to see a doctor to rule out any other anomalies that might be present. Next, you should speak with your doctor on pelvic floor physiotherapy. The can be hard to find if you are not living in the US or UK, but there are websites you can use to find them. Finally, seeing a mental health professional is also important.
The Bottom Line
Male enhancement is becoming more popular nowadays, but the risk is still present, and the potential for injuries is no different. One must do their research and approach these exercises with caution in order to see success. I strongly advise using the type of Kegel routine mentioned in my protocol and always implementing reverse Kegels, it could save you from having to deal with the same agonizing pain I dealt with. It’s unfortunate that very few people are aware of these risks, but as the male enchantment field grows, the awareness of injury must as well. I ask that these words be spread to everyone in this community, so we can ensure that men trying to improve their sexual health will be able to do so as safely as possible.