Most women are probably familiar with the term, “do your kegels”.
But what actually are kegel exercises? And can they really make you tighter down there?
We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about these vagina tightening exercises, including how to do them correctly, how often you need to do them and what benefits you can expect.
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Let’s get into it.
What are Kegel Exercises?
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s get you clued up on the facts first — what on earth are kegels?
Known in the medical field as pelvic floor exercises, kegels are the name given to the contracting and relaxing of the muscles in your pelvic floor. Essential, squeezing and relaxing your muscles in the lower part of your abdomen, in the genital region.
If you’re thinking that ‘kegel’ is a pretty weird word to describe this type of exercise, you’d be right. They’re actually named after Arnold Henry Kegel who, in 1948 invented an instrument that measured the strength of the pelvic floor muscles.
Just a fun fact!
So, why do kegels?
The ultimate goal is to strengthen your pelvic muscles, which in turn leads to a host of benefits.
Benefits of Kegels
As you’ve probably guessed from the title, the main benefit of doing regular sets of kegel exercises is to tighten your vagina.
Older women and those of us that have had kids will accrue the most benefit from these exercises as — provided you do them regularly, every single day — you can look forward to total vaginal rejuvenation.
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles will increase that firm and tight feeling that you felt in your youth, making sex better for both you and your partner.
These vag tightening exercises go further than just that, however. You can also enjoy the following:
- Relieves urinary incontinence
- Decreases symptoms of prolapse
- More powerful orgasms
- Easier to reach orgasm
- Reduces premature ejaculation in men
- Improves erections
That’s right — they’re not just for women! Everyone can benefit from strengthened pelvic floor muscles.
How to Do Kegel Exercises
Now you know what they are and what they can do for you, you’re probably wondering how it is that you actually do them.
Well, don’t worry — they’re certainly not difficult. Running a triathlon they ain’t. But it can take some women a little time to correctly identify these inner pelvic muscles.
How to Find Your Pelvic Floor
The muscles that you need to squeeze and relax to tighten your vagina are located in your lower abdomen in the genital region.
The quickest way to identify them is to try and stop peeing while you’re midstream.
This squeezing action is exactly what you need to do when doing your kegels. Be aware though that you shouldn’t only do your kegels when you’re peeing — this will only lead to UTIs as you likely won’t always be able to totally empty your bladder.
And of course, you need to do them more than just once to make any real difference.
How Often Should I Do Kegel Exercises?
For the best results, you should commit to a daily practise of these exercises to tighten your vagina — ideally, a few minutes of contractions and relaxations, three times per day.
You may need to build up to this level — feel free to start small and keep increasing the number you are able to complete as your pelvic floor gets stronger.
Once you’ve built your habit up to the point where this isn’t a challenge any more, set about holding the contractions of the pelvic floor (i.e. the squeezing motion) for longer periods of time. You may be able to get up to 20 seconds a hold after lots of practise.
If you’re looking for a little variety in your kegel exercises, we suggest you check out this great guide on 9 different kegel exercises. Get it girl!
And if you’re interested in finding out more about different exercises to tighten your vagina, this Pilates video could give you some inspiration too:
When Will I Start Seeing Results?
We can’t stress enough that you have to be committed to doing your kegel exercises regularly in order to see any real difference in the tightness of your vagina.
If you follow the program we’ve suggested above, of three sets of a couple of minutes every day, you should start to notice the difference in how you feel during sex in about 2-3 months. Some people start seeing great results after 6 weeks, so stick with it even if you get frustrated.
For the impatient women among us who don’t want to wait 2 to 3 months to see real improvements, we suggest that you practise your kegel exercises in tandem with using a vagina tightening cream like V-Tight Gel for speedier results.
Of course, creams and exercises aren’t the only solution for vagina rejuvenation. You could consider opting for something a little more drastic and permanent if your risk tolerance and finances allow: a vaginoplasty.
We’ve discussed this ‘designer vagina’ surgery in depth here but suffice to say that it’s a procedure that’s becoming more and more common for older ladies.
It doesn’t come cheap though.
For those of us on a budget, or happy to continue with a daily commitment, kegel exercises are a great way to tighten your vagina.