Are all you fellas out there doing your pelvic floor exercises?
By Carol Graham, 14 January 2019
Yes, that’s right! Men have pelvic floors too.
It’s common knowledge amongst women, that if we don’t exercise our pelvic floor muscles they will become weak and can lead to some embarrassing leaks as we mature, especially when we laugh, sneeze or cough. Standard ante-natal advice tells us to exercise these muscles before and after childbirth to tone our pelvic floor muscles to keep ourselves honeymoon fresh. However, men are rarely given any advice about these exercises.
Men have the same pelvic floor muscles which run from the tailbone to where the penis attaches to the pubic bone. Because it connects the front, the back and all the important bits inside, it stands to reason that strengthening it will increase control and sensation in the entire genital area.
In 1952, Arnold Kegal devised some simple exercises as a method for increasing genital strength. The exercises are now often referred to as Kegal exercises or Kegals. During his research into ways to help people with incontinence, he found that the stopping and starting of the flow of urine was very beneficial for women whose muscles had weakened post-pregnancy. What Dr Kegal didn’t anticipate, was the number of patients who would then report that their vaginal muscles had become stronger, resulting in increased sexual arousal during intercourse and better orgasms.
If you don’t use it you lose it, and strength in any muscle that doesn’t get used is no different. Regular Kegal exercises not only prevent the consequences of poor muscle tone, like urinary incontinence, but help to increase vaginal and penile strength. Kegals increase sensitivity and vaginal lubrication, they can intensify orgasms, improve erections and assist in ejaculatory control.