Can Kegel Exercises Boost Your Orgasms? A Women's Health Physiotherapist Gives Her Opinion

Can Kegel Exercises Boost Your Orgasms? A Women's Health Physiotherapist Gives Her Opinion

The blog below was written by Chartered Physiotherapist, Christien Bird.

Christien Bird

The popular press might greet you with headlines like: 'For amazing sex, ladies, do your Kegels' or 'train your pelvic floor muscle for amazing orgasms'. It sounds great, sexual experiences are of course more complex than simply 'doing your pelvic floor muscles exercises'. How much pelvic floor muscles training can help, so far the evidence is not clear and knowledge is scant.

However, that doesn't mean that a bouncy, well-coordinated pelvic floor won't help to spice up your love life.

Many women we treat report they are able to reach orgasm easier, and that their orgasms are more powerful, once they start training their pelvic floor muscles.

It is encouraging to see that our trusted NHS is also taking an interest. The NHS site quotes 'Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help stop incontinence, treat prolapse and make sex better too."

There is level 1 (highest level of evidence) that pelvic floor muscle training helps reduce symptoms of incontinence and prolapse. There are a few studies that have looked at the impact of pelvic floor training on women's sexual experience, and results are variable and some show that women may not benefit any more from pelvic floor training than they would from relaxation and mindful attention.

A recent trial looking at the effect of pelvic floor muscle training on sexual function in women with pelvic organ prolapse showed that some women report specific improvements. Reported benefits were:

  • Control
  • Strength and awareness of the pelvic floor
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Sensation of a 'tighter' vagina
  • Improved libido and orgasms
  • Resolution of pain with intercourse
  • Heightened sexual gratification for partners

Women who described improved sexual function demonstrated the greatest increases in pelvic floor muscle strength. This is definitely the feedback we hear from patients as women's health physiotherapists.

On balance, considering the support your pelvic floor muscles give your pelvic organs as well as maintaining continence, topped by the likely benefit of improved sexual satisfaction, I think makes it altogether a no-brainer: The pelvic floor matters and needs attention!

Where to find Christien:

Website: White Hart Clinic

Instagram: @whitehartclinic

Twitter: @whitehartclinic


[1] 2014 International Society for Sexual Medicine.

16 August 2019
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4 December 2019 at 14:05
Of course keeping your pelvic floor healthy must be beneficial, but it is equally important to not only tighten, but relax the muscle as well. You could end up suffering hypertonic pelvic floor muscles which from my own experience is very painful. Without the treatment from White Hart clinic I would still be experiencing this and my life on hold. Please emphasise the importance of relaxing as well as tightening.. Paula.
Kegel8 Eleanor
13 December 2019 at 10:22
Hi Paula, Agreed! Relaxation is just as important as exercise when strengthening your pelvic floor muscles - that's a key message we promote here at Kegel8. The main focus of this article from White Hart Clinic is to emphasise the attention that the pelvic floor deserves and how it plays a key role in intimate sensations - we praise Christien highly for allowing us to publish an expert's view on this!
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