Have you been doing your Kegels regularly? We all know that exercise tones our muscles, which keeps our bodies fit and youthful. That’s your entire body, including the love muscle, better known as the pelvic floor. In other words, your vagina.
The pelvic floor muscles, also called the puboccoccygeus muscle and PC muscle, are found in both sexes and stretch from the pubic bone to the coccyx or tailbone. They form the floor of the pelvic cavity and support the pelvic organs. Dr. Arnold Kegel was a gynecologist who invented the Kegel Perineometer used to measure vaginal pressure and invented kegel exercises for women to strengthen these muscles by squeezing or contracting and relaxing them.
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Kegels are a vital part women’s reproductive health. Besides improving the overall sexual experience for both women and their partners, through increased muscle tone and lubrication, Kegel exercises help avoid urinary stress incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, genital prolapse, uterine, bowel or bladder prolapse, sexual penetration pain, and other sexual dysfunctions.
Many things can weaken pelvic floor muscles including reduced estrogen levels, menopause and childbirth. Other surprising things like straining on the toilet, a chronic cough, and even being overweight can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Even using poor form with exercises such as abdominal crunches, running, and jumping can put pressure in the pelvic floor muscles causing them to weaken over time.
Kegels increase the blood flow in the genital area and lead to improved muscle tone and enhanced sexual arousal and more intense orgasms (for both!). Kegel exercises for women are very simple; first, locate your pelvic floor muscles by stopping and starting your urine stream while using the bathroom. You can also insert your finger into your vagina and contract your muscles until you feel them tightening around it. Then it’s just a matter of working up to being able to hold and release the contractions for 10 seconds at a time, three times a day. There are also aids like Kegelmaster, VagaCare, vaginal weights to help you reap the greatest results.
Your sex muscle awaits exercise. Start small and work your way up. Incorporate Kegels as part of your daily routine and be consistent. Do not get discouraged if you don’t see results right away. It may take weeks for you to start noticing the results. However, the effort will be worth it!