What does the PC muscle do? Kegel exercises explained

Have you heard rumours about a mysterious muscle that can improve your sex life? The PC muscle plays an important role in having sex for both men and women, but what is it and what does the PC muscle do? How do kegel exercises work? The Mix explains all.

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What is a pelvic floor muscle?

The pelvic floor muscle, or PC muscle, stands for Pubococcygeus, a large muscle that goes around the anus and most of the floor of the pelvis. In women, the muscle fibres circle the vagina, and in men, they pass under the prostate gland.

What does the PC muscle do?

The PC muscle supports the contents of the pelvis, prevents urine incontinence by assisting with bladder control, and (the best bit) increases sexual pleasure for females and males. Women with strong PC muscles and good pelvic health often say that they have more toned-up vaginas, and can reach orgasm more easily. Many men who have taken up kegel exercises find that it allows them to delay orgasm and prevent premature ejaculation. A few men also say it lets them have two or more orgasms in a row without needing a ‘rest’ in between.

Does kegel exercise help with premature ejaculation?

Kegels are often used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. For people with penises, kegel exercise can strengthen the muscles which support erections and improve blood flow to the penis. Studies have shown that kegel exercise can help with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, although as with any exercise reigme the results won’t happen overnight. For more information about premature ejaculation, see this article.

How do you find your pelvic floor?

To contract your pelvic floor muscle, next time you pee try to tighten up and stop the flow of urine. Notice the sensation? That’s from tightening your PC muscle. Try it a few times to get the hang of it. Try squeezing it during sex to see if you like the sensations it causes, and ask if your partner likes it too.

Kegel exercise and pelvic floor exercise

Strengthening the muscles to make them stronger is simply a matter of working them out. Pelvic floor exercises are called Kegels, and usually involve tensing for two seconds, then relaxing for two seconds. Kegel exercises are repeated several times for a few minutes every day, and most people have noticeable results in a couple of months. Women can also buy weights that are used inside the vagina to provide resistance and build the muscles up quicker. Some of them are cone-shaped, and others look a bit like a mini barbell.

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By Ally Thomas

Updated on 26-Jan-2023