For many the talk of Pubococcygeus (PC) muscles and kegel exercises can bring a blush to their face. While a strong PC muscle can lead to a happy sex life that is not it’s only function in life. Kegel (kay-gill) exercises are named after the late Arnold Kegel, MD, an American gynecologist. They were developed to help women regain bladder control by strengthening their pelvic floor muscles. It has the side benefit of increasing sexual satisfaction.

It has been shown to help avoid incontinence, prolapse and hemorrhoids. The PC muscles can be weakened by childbirth, lack of use, age, hormones, neurological disorders and other causes. When the PC muscles are weakened, they become unable to completely support the bladder, then gravity takes over and the bladder “sags”. This will result in a change in the angle of the “bladder neck” and subsequently incontinence. Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor that support the bladder and close the sphincters (urethral or anal muscles that contract to stop urine, gas, or stool). By doing kegel exercises you can avoid invasive surgery that can be costly and painful; it will bring back virginal tightness while treating and preventing urinary incontinence.

Women using regular kegel exercises have better bladder control and enjoy more a gratifying sex life. Dr Kegel, in 1952, published a report that claimed women who do the exercises would become more frequently, more easily and more intensely orgasmic! These are the muscles that contract rhythmically during an orgasm.

Kegel exercises involve the alternating flexing and relaxing of the muscles that make up the pelvic floor. First you must correctly identify the muscle group used in the exercise. This is just as easy as going to the bathroom since these are the same muscles used to control this bodily function. The exercises consist of the regular clenching and unclenching of these muscles. Tense the muscles used to stop the flow of urine, hold this for a count of ten and then relax. This exercise is best done 3 times a day, flexing and relaxing 10 times for each set. Squeezing the pubic muscles rhythmically will take focus and time. If a woman is being treated incontinence, she can start with 50-60 repetitions, 3 times a day. As the muscle strength improves, she can then do up to a hundred a day, spread throughout the day.

So now you know all about the PC muscle and the kegel exercise to strengthen them. You should also be prepared to deal with incontinence and most importantly improve your sex life. As with all fitness routines you should consult your physician before making any changes. Good luck and good health.