From vaginal tightening to better orgasms, here are 5 benefits of kegel exercises
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 21, 2023
Kegel exercises are not just for tightening vaginal muscles. While they do strengthen the pelvic floor, which provides support to the uterus, small intestine, bladder, and rectum, they offer a wide array of benefits for the entire body.
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Performing kegel exercises is incredibly convenient since they can be done anywhere, at any time. In addition to enhancing your sexual life, they improve bladder control, bowel movement, and protect against urinary leakage and pelvic organ prolapse.
1. Enhances Your Sex Life
Exercising the pelvic floor muscles can make a remarkable difference in your sex life. By stimulating good blood flow to the groin area, kegel exercises lead to better erections for men and increase the likelihood of orgasm and pleasure during intercourse for women. They even strengthen the bulbospongiosus muscle, which plays a pivotal role in erection, orgasm, and ejaculation.
2. Promotes Vaginal Tightening
Kegel exercises not only strengthen the pelvic floor muscles but also tighten the vagina, resulting in more intense orgasms. New mothers, in particular, can benefit from kegel exercises as they help increase sexual self-efficacy after childbirth.
3. Improves Bladder Control
Since the pelvic floor muscles directly influence urine and bowel movements, strengthening them leads to better control over these bodily functions. If you experience an overactive bladder or urine leakage after sneezing, coughing, or laughing, incorporating kegel exercises into your routine is essential.
4. Reduces the Risk of Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken and fail to adequately support the bladder and rectum. If you are susceptible to pelvic organ prolapse, performing kegel exercises can help prevent muscle weakness and subsequent prolapse.
5. Aids Postpartum Recovery
During pregnancy, a woman’s pelvic floor muscles weaken. To regain strength and facilitate faster healing, new mothers should incorporate kegel exercises into their daily routine.
Performing Kegel Exercises: Sit in a comfortable position and focus on locating the correct muscles. To identify the pelvic floor muscles, contract the ones you use to stop urination midstream. You will feel a pulling sensation in your pelvis or sphincter when you contract the right muscles. Remember to engage only the pelvic floor muscles, without involving your abdominal or gluteal muscles. Hold the contraction for a few seconds before releasing. Repeat this 10-15 times, up to three times per day.
Start reaping the benefits of kegel exercises today and enjoy a stronger pelvic floor for a healthier and more fulfilling life!
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