Most young things are blissfully unaware of the importance of Kegel exercises or the Pelvic floor. Sadly it is only as we become mature sexual sirens that they enter our worlds! Pregnancy and childbirth is often our first encounter with these greatly overlooked muscles. As soon as you get the blue line on that test every book, magazine and doctor is on at you to do your pelvic floor exercises. Most women are too busy choosing names and nursery colours (or was that just me?) then cooing over the most adorable child ever (me again?) to think about them until that first sneeze after birth. Then we realise why we should have been doing them.
Sometimes it can be weight gain, having numerous sexual encounters or simply part of the aging process that can lead to their demise. Like most things in our bodies it’s a case of use it or lose it!
So what are these muscles then and where are they?
They are actually several muscles which stretch between your legs at the bottom of your pelvis. The biggest one stretches like a hammock and is called the pubococcygeus muscle or PC muscle and stretches from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx (tail bone). It forms the floor of the pelvic cavity and supports the pelvic organs, the bladder , the intestines and the uterus. It exists in both men and women and helps control bowel and bladder functions as well as those all important sexual experiences.
How do you find them?
Firstly try to stop the flow of urine when you are sitting on the toilet. If you can do it, you are using the right muscles. However it is very important that you do not use this method regularly because it can lead to urinary tract infections.
Secondly imagine that you are trying to stop passing gas. Squeeze the muscles you would use. If you sense a “pulling” feeling, those are the right muscles for pelvic exercises.
Thirdly lie down and put your finger inside your vagina. Squeeze as if you were trying to stop urine from coming out. If you feel tightness on your finger, you are squeezing the right pelvic muscle.
So why are they called Kegel exercises?
In 1948 ARNOLD H. KEGEL, M.D., F.A.C.S. the assistant professor of Gynaecology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine studied the importance of these muscles and the effects of their demise. He concluded that; “it has been found that dysfunction of the pubococcygeus exists in many women complaining of lack of vaginal feeling during coitus and that in these cases sexual appreciation can be increased by restoring function of the pubococcygeus.”
And that was the best bit! He found that with training these muscles could be brought back to life resulting in fewer embarrassing moments and greater sexual pleasures. How we love Dr Kegel! The Kegel exercise was born.
The basic exercise requires you to lie on the floor with your knees bent and squeeze JUST your pelvic floor muscles. This takes practice because your stomach and bum muscles will want to join in. When you have successfully located them and squeezed, hold for a few seconds before releasing. Repeat this ten times every daily and you will begin to notice an improvement in your control.
The next level up is to lubricate a finger or two using a good quality lubricant, insert it in to your vagina and squeeze. You will with practice be able to grip your fingers more tightly.
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Then next time you are enjoying penetration with your partner squeeze these muscles GENTLY round his penis as he nears orgasm. He will thank you we promise! And the rewards you feel when you climax too will be intense!
So off you go and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze!