30 Oct How Toning the Pelvic Floor Can Help Us Have Better Orgasms
In yoga, the pelvic floor is known as the root chakra. In sex research, the pelvic floor is known as the root of female orgasm!
Many of us learn to tone the pelvic floor with the Kegel exercise, named after Dr. Arnold Kegel who also studied how the pelvic floor contributes to our sexual health. The pelvic floor is made up of the muscles and tissues that line the pelvis. During penetration, the pelvic floor is stretched and widened. During orgasm, the pelvic floor contracts. And a toned pelvic floor that can contract and release its muscles more deeply, helps us to experience orgasm more deeply.
As our pelvic floor strengthens, we are able to experience a greater range of vaginal sensitivity. Researchers have found that increased muscle tone of the pelvic floor, increases how much of the vagina it stimulated during penetration (1). And I’m not just talking about the G-Spot. Named after Dr. Ernst Gräfenberg, the G-Spot is an erogenous zone in the vagina that is located a few inches up the front vaginal wall. A few inches deeper than the G-Spot is the A-Spot, or the anterior fornix erogenous zone, which is located just past the cervix. On the back side of the vagina, across from the G-Spot, is the PS-Spot, which stands for the perineal sponge. Our entire vagina is a playground for orgasmic pleasure!
But we know the vagina is not our only playground for pleasure. Researchers have also found that strong pelvic floor contractions help to arouse the clitoris (2). The clitoris is a powerful erogenous zone made of erectile tissue (as are the vaginal erogenous zone). This means that it fills with blood upon arousal. A strong pelvic floor can help to ‘pump’ more blood to the clitoris, therefore preparing our body for a more intense and blissful orgasm.
Pelvic floor ‘pumping’ is also instrumental for the holy grail of women’s orgasm: female ejaculation. Scientists have found that women with a more toned pelvic floor are more likely to experience female ejaculation (3). The stronger pelvic floor contractions work to propel ejaculatory fluid out of the urethra. Female ejaculation is a literal burst of pleasure in itself, and also lubricates our body for the next orgasm to come!
Ancient practices have often alluded to the power of the pelvic floor in creating a multi-orgasmic sexual experience. While esoteric in nature, Tantra and Taoism both teach women to intentionally contract our pelvic floor during intimacy. This is said to fill our body up with orgasmic potential, so that we can reach multiple, full-body orgasms.
As Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism, has so famously written: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Our orgasm journey begins with a simple pelvic floor exercise.
Author: Kathryn Peterson
Founder of Yoga For Intimacy
1. Bortolami, Arianna & Vanti, Carla & Banchelli, Federico & Guccione, Andrew & Pillastrini, Paolo. (2015). Relationship Between Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Sexual Dysfunction: An Observational Study. The journal of sexual medicine. 12. . 10.1111/jsm.12882.
2. Martin-Alguacil N1, Schober JM, Sengelaub DR, Pfaff DW, Shelley DN (2008). Clitoral sexual arousal: neuronal tracing study from the clitoris through the spinal tracts. J Urol. 2008 Oct; 180(4): 1241–1248.
3. Delbert Perry, John & Whipple, Beverly. (1981). Pelvic muscle strength of female ejaculators: Evidence in support of a new theory of orgasm. Journal of Sex Research – J SEX RES. 17. 22-39. 10.1080/00224498109551095.