Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles (also called your PC muscles Kegel exercises can be good for women who are experiencing incontinence as a result of childbirth, medical treatment, or changes/stress on the body), and they have also been recommended as a way of changing how orgasms feel (some, but not all, women say it enhances their orgasms). Time Required: Once you know how, Kegel exercises don’t have to take more than ten minutes per session.

Start by locating your PC muscle.

Many people begin doing kegel exercises but are actually squeezing the wrong muscle. Before you start the exercises, find your PC muscle4, make sure you know where your PC muscle is and what it feels like.

Squeezing kegel exercises: start slow, find your baseline.

The basic exercise can be done anytime and anywhere. Just squeeze your PC muscles as hard as you can, and hold them. This is doing a kegel exercise. Start by squeezing and holding for a count of 3-5 seconds, then release and relax for 5 seconds. When you release, notice how your muscles feel. The first time you do a kegel exercise see how many times you can do it before you feel your muscles getting tired.

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Squeezing kegel exercises: use sets of repetitions

Your kegel exercises will be most efficient and have the most impact if you get into doing sets of repetitions of the squeezing. Once you’ve found your baseline, you can work from there. If you can, start with doing 5 repetitions (squeeze/hold/release). Judge for yourself how long you can hold the squeeze for, but don’t push yourself too much at first.

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Building up strength with kegel exercises.

Once you’ve found your baseline, do your exercises, and every couple of days increase both the length of time you hold the squeeze for, and the number of exercises per set. As a guideline, try to work up to a point where you can hold the squeeze for ten seconds. And try to work up to doing ten reps of kegel exercises per set. So you squeeze, hold for ten second, release, relax for ten seconds, and repeat ten times.

Do your kegel exercises three or four times a day.

Try to take three or four times in the day to do kegel exercises. Again, everyone is different, but as a guideline try to do ten reps per session, holding for ten seconds on each exercise. Vary the intensity and time in kegel exercises. You can also try to vary the intensity of your squeezing and the amount of time you hold the squeeze in a set. Once you’re comfortable that you’re doing the exercises properly try a set where you do rapid squeeze and release. Experiment with how long you can comfortably hold a squeeze. Remember not to push yourself to the point of pain or discomfort.

Using products for resistance kegel exercises.

Some people will use a toy or kegel exercising device to add resistance to kegel exercises. This is not necessary, and while some sex educators suggest it increases the usefulness of the exercise, doing them on your own is still a great way to develop your PC muscle. If you are interested in purchasing a product for kegel exercises, make sure it isn’t too large, as this may get in the way of kegel exercises more than it will help them.

Do kegels while masturbating and having partner sex.

Once you’re comfortable, incorporate kegel exercises in your masturbation. Do them while you’re getting warmed up, doing them before you have an orgasm, and even try to do them while having an orgasm. You may notice that kegels change the way your sexual excitement and your experience of orgasm feels.


Isolate the PC muscle when doing your kegel exercises. At the beginning, remember to regularly check that you are exercising your PC muscle, and not other muscles. Avoid contracting your abdominal, thigh, or buttocks muscles. This is something many people do, but it reduces the effectiveness of the kegel exercise Concentrate on breathing and trying to keep yourself relaxed, and only tense the PC muscles you are using. Try not to tense up your whole body.

Finding time to do your kegel exercises.

You don’t need to set aside a big chunk of time to do kegel exercises. Do a few reps while waiting for a stop light to turn green. In the last ten minutes before lunch, when you’re sitting at a desk, do a few reps. Do them while you’re waiting for the movie to start, or a commercial break to be over.

Don’t overdo your kegel exercises.

Like any exercise, it’s important to build up slowly, and pay attention to your body. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, you are pushing yourself too hard. It is possible that you could strain the muscles and aggravate a current problem, when you are trying to resolve it.

Kegel exercise products can be fun and helpful but they aren’t necessary.

There are more and more products, often called “kegelcisors” on the market. While some of these can genuinely increase the strengthening exercises, and some of them double as fun sex toys, remember that they are not necessary. You don’t need any special work out clothes or paraphernalia to do kegel exercises properly.

How It Works

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support your bladder and other pelvic organs. The pelvic floor is vital to female sexual health as these muscles create an internal sling around the vagina. Research has proven that a strong pelvic floor results in more frequent and stronger orgasms. In fact, a study of 176 women completed in 2010 found that stronger pelvic floor muscles were directly related to arousal, achievement, and quality of orgasm.