9 Things To Know About Kegels

It’s likely that you’ve heard about Kegels at some point in your life. Maybe, you heard a joke about them or you heard them in reference to a pregnant lady. You might know the term but are you familiar with all the ins and outs about Kegels? If someone asked you, would you be able to explain what they are? Or, know how to do them? Don’t worry, this isn’t a test.

If you’re not 100 percent sure, I’m here to fill you on some interesting and important facts to know about Kegels. That way, if you ever do find yourself tested on Kegels, you’ll be able to ace things. You’ll also know what to do if you want to try them out yourself. Keep reading to see nine interesting things to know about Kegel exercises.


They're Not Really About Your Vagina

A lot of people hear *Kegel exercises* and they automatically think vagina. Kegel exercises are actually more about the pelvic floor. Doing Kegel exercises is supposed to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which support the bladder, according to Web MD.  This can be helpful if you have urinary incontinence because a weak bladder or leaks often mean weak pelvic floor muscles. It can also be very helpful to pregnant women where the baby and body changes can weaken the strongest of muscles down there.

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Guys Can Do Them, Too

Kegels might be most famous for ladies, especially pregnant ladies, but anyone can do them. It doesn't matter your age or your gender. Overactive bladders don't discriminate which means they can happen to anyone. So, if you've got that problem, try them out. Dudes might also want to try Kegel exercises because they can reduce premature ejaculation and can apparently *increase the size and intensity of erections,* according to HuffPost. Betcha didn't know that one.

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You Can Do Them During Sex

You've probably heard people who do Kegels while sitting on the toilet. So, it might surprise you to hear that Kegels can be done when hooking up. Not only are you strengthening your pelvic floor, you can also increase the pleasure of penetration. Doing the Kegel exercises with a penis or sex toy inside you can increase the sensations and possibly bring on an orgasm.

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You Could Be Doing Them Wrong

There are a lot of muscles down there and you might be squeezing the wrong ones during your Kegel exercises and not realize it. For instance, you could be squeezing your butt muscles. To *find* the right pelvic floor muscles, try stopping your pee mid-stream. If you can do that, you've found the muscles. If you're doing them correctly, you can also see the contractions in the mirror. If you're flexible and have a hand mirror, check out your clit and butt because they will move in response to Kegels.

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Do Not Do Them While You're Peeing

Yes, I know I just said that to find the correct pelvic floor muscles you will want to try stopping going to the bathroom. Doing it once or twice is okay, but you don't want to make it part of your regular Kegel exercise routine because it could actually lead to infection. It's cool if you still want to practice your Kegels while sitting on the toilet. Just make sure you're not stopping any bodily functions.

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You Can Do Kegels Anywhere

There aren't many exercise moves that you can do anywhere but you could potentially do Kegels anywhere. I've talked about doing them while sitting on the toilet and while having sex. You can really do them in any location you can concentrate on the contractions. You don't need to be wearing anything fancy, you don't need tools, and you don't need a lot of room. No, no one should notice. If you're moving your body in some obvious ways when you're doing Kegel exercises, it sounds like you're doing them wrong.

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You Don't Need To Do A Lot

Kegel exercises aren't like sit-ups or push-ups where the goal is to do 500 of them. If you do 30-seconds worth of Kegel exercises, you'll likely be good. You don't want to overdo them because things couldn't become too tense down there. What's more, it's not necessary. Simply do a few contractions for a couple seconds then release. Then repeat a few times. To strengthen the pelvic walls and improve incontinence, try to repeat the process daily. Easy, right?

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They Can Improve Orgasms

Stopping leakage is great, but that's not the only benefit of Kegels for ladies. They can also improve orgasms. When the pelvic floor muscles are strengthened they will contract stronger during an orgasm, according to Web MD. That means you can get more intense waves of pleasure down there.

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They're Not For Everyone

If you have any vagina conditions or find sex painful, it might actually be best for you to avoid Kegels. If you find it hard to insert a penis or sex toy into your vag, doing Kegels won't help the situation. In fact, it could make it worse. The best thing to do is speak to your doctor or gyno. He/she will be able to decide what's best for your personal situation.

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