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The effects of kegel exercise on sexual pleasure
"you'll adore your pelvic floor
when you squeeze, squeeze, squeeze"
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As the pelvic floor muscles are the muscles that that surround
the vaginal opening and contract rhythmically during orgasm (in
both males and females) it is not surprising that sex therapists
have emphasized the importance of these muscles as playing a major
role in the orgasmic response.
In 1952, Dr. Kegel published a report in which he claimed that
the women doing his exercises were becoming more easily, more frequently
and more intensely orgasmic. Thirty years after Dr. Kegel's article,
sex therapist Bryce Britton wrote a book titled "The Love Muscle,"
calling her publication "Every Woman's Guide to Intensifying
Sexual Pleasure." There is controversy over the precise effects
of the PC muscle on orgasmic response but certain benefits of a
strong pelvic floor are well accepted.
A fitter, well-toned pelvic floor will almost certainly increase
sexual pleasure for you and your partner and it can dramatically
improve your sexual confidence. The physiological reasons for the
improvement go far beyond the increased tactile sensations resulting
from a tighter vagina.
Kegel exercises create an increase in pelvic vascularity which means
more blood flow and more veins in the pelvic region. This will increase
your awareness of the clitoral and vaginal sensations that lead
to orgasm. Any stronger muscle will contract more powerfully than
would a flabby muscle, and hence the likelihood of stronger orgasms
is much higher with stronger PC muscles.
In a study of the effects of Kegel's exercises on sexual arousal
researchers measured both women's own assessment of how aroused
they felt and the the physical changes in vasoconstriction of the
vagina. The study showed that vaginal contractions enhanced both
the women's subjective ratings and clinical measures of their arousal.
With regular kegel exercise many women report being able to experience
vaginal orgasm for the first time. Women also report more intense
and more frequent multiple and g-spot orgasms. We can also reveal
with confidence that some women squeeze their pelvic muscles, forcing
blood down into their genital tissue, and in so doing turn themselves
on. As Germaine Greer writes, some women are even able to bring
themselves to orgasm exclusively with voluntary pelvic floor contractions.
“You can masturbate no hands. This ability is not so much
skill in controlling as a liberation of muscles repressed since
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As Germaine also points out, you can undoubtedly add novelty and
pleasure to your love making by squeezing your well-toned vaginal
sphincter around your partner's penis. This will be fun for both
giver and receiver!
But probably the most important thing about doing Kegel exercises
is that you will become more familiar with your pelvis and more
likely to take ownership of your internal and external genitalia.
You will strengthen the muscles that contract during orgasm, and
you are making an important investment in
lifelong urinary control. Is it a major component in a becoming
orgasmic? The jury is still out on that one but it is certainly
something non-orgasmic women should include in their quest for the
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