What are pelvic muscle exercises? — Pelvic muscle exercises are exercises that strengthen the muscles that control the flow of urine and bowel movements. These exercises are also known as “Kegel” exercises. They can help keep you from leaking urine, gas, or bowel movements, if leaks are a problem for you. They can also help with a condition that affects women called “pelvic organ prolapse.” In women who have pelvic organ prolapse, the organs in the lower belly drop down and press against or bulge into the vagina.