If you’re like most women, you’ve probably at least heard of Kegels. But did you know that they are for more than preventing bladder leaks? It’s true! In the mid-1940’s, Dr. Arnold Kegel developed an exercise to help women who were experiencing urinary continence. Many women who tried this exercise found that, in addition to having better control over their bladders, they were also experiencing better sex.
Kegel exercises are known for their range of benefits including easier preparation for and recovery from childbirth, stronger orgasms for you, and even more pleasurable sex for your partner. No gym necessary!
Before we dive into the main benefits of Kegels in regards to your sex life, let’s look at what Kegel exercises do for your pelvic floor.
Here’s How Kegels Work
Your pelvic muscles sit beneath all of your internal organs. They even support a baby as it grows inside of your uterus. They are known as levator muscles, which means that when they contract they raise your pelvic floor.
You can learn to identify these muscles by squeezing while you are trying to pee. The muscles that stop the flow of urine are your pelvic muscles. These are the same muscles that help you control your bowel movements. Your pelvic muscles can become weak if you’ve had a child or just haven’t exercised them throughout your life. Luckily, they can be strengthened by doing Kegels and other pelvic floor exercises.
- Kegels Can Improve Your Ability to Reach Orgasm
Orgasms can be hit or miss. Even when you have really good sex, getting to the big O can be difficult. In fact, only 25% of women report that they consistently climax during intercourse. That leaves the rest of us wishing for just a little more. Though very few women can orgasm from vaginal intercourse alone, you can increase your odds by strengthening your pelvic floor. Doing Kegels helps to tighten your pubococcygeal (PC) muscle, which is one of the muscles that contracts during orgasm. Though orgasmic contractions are voluntary, the more toned they are the easier it is for your body to use those muscles for orgasms. To make the deal even sweeter, some women report being able to climax in positions that they couldn’t before and some women even have multiple orgasms.
- Kegels Improve Blood Circulation to Your Vagina
When you do these unobtrusive Kegel exercises, you’re helping to tone and strengthen your vaginal muscles. In addition to that, you’re increasing the amount of blood flow to your vagina. This is a key element of arousal. Similar to how many women are more sexually aroused during their periods, the blood flow that happens when you do Kegel exercises can contribute to how interested in sex you feel. One of the signs of a weak pelvic floor is a lack of sensitivity around your vaginal opening. Doing Kegels helps to strengthen your pelvic floor, make your genitals more sensitive, and can even increase your natural lubrication. Win-win!
- They Can Make Sex Feel Better – For You and Him
It’s no secret that we all want sex to feel great. But many women don’t realize that doing Kegels every day can improve the quality of sex that they have. If you’ve had a baby, have a weak pelvic floor from chronic coughing, or just want to improve what you were born with, contracting your pelvic muscles will help strengthen the entire area and can make sex feel more pleasurable. Kegels aren’t just for tightening and toning your vagina, though. If you’ve experienced painful intercourse, doing Kegel exercises regularly can help you learn to relax your pelvic floor.
Oh, and let’s not forget the benefits to him! Doing Kegels can help him have a better sexual experience, too. You can even do Kegels during intercourse – some men have reported that they can orgasm just from their partner contracting and releasing their pelvic muscles around their penis. Men can also increase the time of their erection by doing Kegels. All they have to do is squeeze like they were trying to hold in a pee. Since the urethra can only perform one function at a time – urination or ejaculation – they’ll be able to last longer. It’s worth a try, right?
- Kegels Can Boost Your Sexual Confidence
One non-physical thing that Kegels are great for is boosting your confidence. When you feel good about your body – inside and out – it will show in different areas of your life. Since we’re talking about sex, it’s good to note that sexual confidence is a big benefit. When you feel tighter and more toned and are becoming sexually aroused more easily, it’s more likely that you’re going to feel interested in having sex. And because sex and orgasms release chemicals like oxytocin into your brain, you’re likely to feel calmer, happier, and of course, more confident.
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