A compelling piece written by two Midwifery Students to encourage all women to increase their pelvic floor exercises, and by using one of our Titanium Eggs it can help you do this.
Pelvic floor muscle training is highly beneficial for women of all ages, whether or not they have had children (Rankin, 2011). Exercising these muscles is important not only for numerous protective health benefits, but also for a heightened level of pleasure during sexual activity.
The pelvic floor is comprised of soft tissues extending through the pelvic outlet. There are two muscle layers: deep and superficial. The deep muscles (levitor ani) are the ‘pelvic diaphragm’, creating a sling-like structure which is vital to bladder and bowel function (Rankin, 2011). Superficial muscles reinforce this to add additional strength.
Collectively these muscles have numerous vital functions, including supporting pelvic organs, protecting from increased pressure whilst coughing, sneezing and laughing; supporting pregnancy and childbirth and constricting the vagina (Rankin, 2011).
Effective functioning of these muscles is dependent on the integrity of muscle fibres and the effectiveness of the muscle tone. Loss of this integrity and weak muscle tone can lead to various pelvic floor disorders. These include bladder and bowel weakness, different levels of uterine and vaginal prolapse, as well as dyspareunia (painful sex) (Rankin, 2011).
To avoid these problems it is important to regularly exercise these muscles, building strength over time (Rankin, 2011). This can also have beneficial effects to vaginal muscle control during sex, and heightening pleasure, resulting in achieving stronger orgasms.
Pelvic floor exercises consist of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles which form different parts of the pelvic floor, isolating different muscle sets, which can present quite a challenge! Pelvic floor weights, such as Kegel eggs, assist in performing these exercises, by providing resistance and helping to locate where to direct the muscle contractions, in order to get the best benefits from your efforts. We recommend starting with a larger egg and then progressing on to a smaller one, aids the improvement of muscle tone and control.
Pelvic floor exercises should be done on a daily basis, so using Titanium Kegel eggs, starting with smaller sets of repetitions and slowly increasing, is a great way of building your excercises into a daily routine. Once mastered, you can then progress to longer sets, resulting in being able to keep them in during normal daily activity.
You can do pelvic floor exercises anywhere, with no one even knowing! Over time, you will notice a marked difference, and so will your partner!
Written by two Midwifery Students.