When it comes to self-care and wellness, we take healthy diets and fitness as part of our routine, but what about taking care of our, ahem, lady parts? Say hello to Kegels.
Whether or not you’ve heard about them, you might be interested to learn more about kegels and what they can do for your reproductive and sexual health.
While you can show your #selfcare by supporting your sacral chakra, which connects to your emotions, passion, and relationships, you can also show your love muscle some love by caring for your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor consists of the muscles that run from your pubic bone to your tailbone.
Just as yoga is an excellent way to support your sacral chakra, Kegels are a great way to support your pelvic floor.
What are Kegels?
Kegels are exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor. To do them, you essentially clench and release your pelvic floor muscles.
What are the benefits of Kegels?
Kegels strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which support the womb, bladder, and bowels.
Who should do Kegels?
- Anyone who suffers incontinence. If incontinence is an issue for you, Kegels can help control your muscles and thus, prevent potential leakage.
- Women in their final trimester or who have recently given birth. Kegels can help women more easily control their vaginal muscles during and after labor and delivery.
- Women who want to prevent uterine prolapse. As time goes on and gravity takes its toll, everything sags, including your lady parts, even from the inside! Kegels can help keep everything in place.
- Women who want to enhance their sexual experience. A strengthened pelvic floor can boost arousal, friction, and pleasure in the bedroom. Some even report experiencing more intense and/or multiple orgasms!
- Men who wish to prolong sexual experiences or prevent premature completion.
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How do I do Kegels?
First, locate your pelvic floor muscles. These are the same muscles you would use to stop peeing midstream or to keep from passing gas.
To do Kegels, simply squeeze and relax these muscles for three seconds each, 10-15 times day to work out your pelvic floor. However, don’t overdo it! Everything in moderation.
Note: Do not do Kegels during urination as that can hurt your bladder. The above method – stopping urination midstream – is a good way just to help identify the pelvic floor muscles.
When can I do Kegels?
Anytime. Kegels are discreet and no one can tell when you’re doing them. In the car? At the office? On a dinner date? All perfect places for your Kegel workout.
What are you waiting for? Take a minute of your day to do your Kegels and later down the line, your organs, orgasms, and partner will thank you!
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