The relationship between your pelvic floor, orgasms, and health
You’ve no doubt heard about the benefits of Kegels – or pelvic floor exercises – for dealing with urinary incontinence. But keeping your pelvic floor strong and healthy will have some other (more pleasurable) side effects, too. Yes. We’re talking about orgasms.
Asking if you want better orgasms is kind of like asking a beauty therapist if you should wear SPF. Of course, the answer is always going to be a big fat yes. But aside from trying out back-bending new positions, heading off into the sunset with someone new, or resigning yourself to solo sex, can you make your orgasms stronger?
Before we get to the fun part though, you might like to know about the muscles you’ll be exercising. So here’s our cheat sheet for everything you need to know about your pelvic floor.
So, what is your pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor is the base of the group of muscles referred to as your 'core' (yes, that thing your yoga instructor won’t stop banging on about is your pelvic floor). These muscles are located in your pelvis and stretch from the pubic bone at the front to the tail-bone at the back.
What’s so important about the pelvic floor?
The pelvic floor muscles work with your stomach and back muscles to stabilize and support your spine. They also control your abdomen to deal with the pressure when you lift or strain or exercise. Your pelvic floor muscles also support your bladder, bowel, and uterus, maintaining bladder and bowel control and playing an important role in sexual sensation.
So, you’ve probably figured out by now that a strong pelvic floor = very good. But, let’s talk through some of the specific benefits you can expect when you strengthen yours.
Improved sex life
We can’t promise an influx of DMs from eligible strangers, but we can guarantee some other, equally exciting results.
- Stronger pelvic floor muscles allow for stronger orgasms – during the pre-orgasm part of sex, the pelvic floor is tensed, and when it relaxes the orgasm occurs. When this climax is reached, women experience pleasure cramps (the kind of cramp we can get on board with) or the vagina begins to ‘twitch,’ and this will be heightened in those with a strong pelvic floor because more blood will be sent to your pelvic region.
- It’s not just you who will benefit from strengthening your pelvic floor, your partner will notice too. Because doing your Kegels means you'll never lose your *coughs* grip during sexy time.
- Getting your partner to join you during your pelvic floor exercises also won’t hurt. For men, toning their pelvic muscles will give stronger erections and improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
- You don’t need us to tell you that orgasms are one of the best ways to reduce stress. They reduce cortisol (which is the stress hormone) and can improve both mental and physical health.
General health benefits of Kegels
At this point, you might be thinking we’re sex mad and that all we care about is better orgasms. (Which is only half true). These are some of the other amazing benefits of strengthening your pelvic floor:
- It will help to prevent and deal with urinary incontinence.
- A stronger pelvic floor can also help to improve your general bladder health.
- If you’re on your feet a lot, using a pelvic toner like Elvie Trainer can help reduce lower back pain. It’s all about strengthening that core, as the yogis say.
- Hunching over computers all day has given us all a bit of a slouch, but a strong pelvic floor can help to improve your posture, as it helps to support the spine.
- A benefit for new mothers especially, Kegel exercises can reduce the chance of posterior vaginal prolapse and also alleviate the symptoms.
A Kegel Conclusion
So there you have it – a strong pelvic floor doesn’t just keep you healthy but also improve your orgasms. Don’t let the thought of Kegels confuse you – they’re quick and easy to do and can be worked into any of your usual exercise routines. There are a few common mistakes women make when doing their Kegels, but these can easily be avoided by using the award-winning Elvie Trainer. Recommended by over 1,000 healthcare professionals, it provides fun five-minute workouts that have been proven to strengthen your pelvic floor in just four weeks. Better orgasms are on the horizon!