Kegel exercises are intended to strengthen the inner walls of the vagina, to add to the pleasure of intercourse for both men and women. Developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel to help women strengthen their pelvic muscles to increase bladder control, especially after giving birth, these exercises can be done anywhere without anyone being aware that you are exercising.
Sexual Benefits of Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises can lead a woman to have more awareness of her vagina and increase its sensitivity through muscle control. With strong Kegel muscles, a woman can squeeze her mate's penis tightly while it is inside her, leading to increased satisfaction for him. Having strong Kegel muscles may also enable a woman achieve orgasm more easily.
How to Do Kegel Exercises
The exercise is basically the same activity a woman would do in holding back urine, tightening and releasing those muscles. However, according to the University of Iowa, more than one-third of women start out squeezing the wrong muscles. Therefore, it is helpful to work with a doctor or nurse who can teach the correct technique.
You can also check yourself by placing a finger in your vagina and squeezing around it. When you feel pressure around your finger, you are using the correct muscle. Try to keep everything relaxed except the muscles right around the vagina.
Initially, a woman may be most comfortable doing Kegel exercises lying down, with knees together. Once she has located the Kegel muscles, though, she can do the exercises at work, driving, while watching TV, even while walking. For best results, perform the exercise twice a day, for five minutes each time.