About the PC Muscle

The puboccocceygeal muscle, or "PC Muscle" for short, is probably the most famous of the pelvic muscles that cradle the internal sexual organs. Both women and men have PC muscles, which run from the pubic bone to the tailbone in a figure eight around the genitals. They play a vital role in both male and female sexual response--the jolts and spasms of orgasm are caused by the rapid involuntary contractions of the PC muscles. Kegels, the exercises designed for strengthening the PC muscles, are named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, who developed the vaginal workout in the forties to help women with urinary incontinence. But oh are they good for so much more...

Why Keep It Toned?

Strong PC muscles are great for sexual health on a number of counts:

  • Increasing blood flow and circulation in your pelvic region is not only good for improving muscle tone and sensitivity, it brings greater mindfulness to the parts of your body involved in your sexual response.
  • Strong PC muscles can make for stronger sensations during arousal and orgasm. Squeezing well toned PC muscles during sex can bring many women to orgasm.
  • Many women report that doing Kegels helps them to ejaculate.
  • Kegel exercises can help men learn to separate ejaculation from orgasm, helping them to become multiply orgasmic.
  • Strong PC muscles help with bladder control.
  • After giving birth many women experience a sense of vaginal "looseness." Kegel exercises help create a tighter feeling in the vagina, re-establish good vaginal muscle tone, and post-partum bladder control.
  • Kegel exercises focusing on the anterior loop of the PC muscles, the part that slings around the anus, make for greater ease in relaxing the anus and lead to more pleasurable anal sex.

Check out How to Exercise Your PC Muscle for tips on keeping sexually fit!

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