Kegels, the way they are typically taught, are not effective for restoring balance to the pelvic floor.
Let’s debunk the kegel myth, because too many women are told
“Just do your kegels when you’re at a stop sign or when you’re waiting in line. Clench and release your vaginal muscles like you are stopping the flow of urine and that’s going to help tone and strengthen your pelvic floor.”
That is one of the biggest myth in women’s wellness.
TRUTH: Effective kegels are NOT flexing the vaginal muscles when at a stop sign, waiting in line or doing dishes. And this will not prevent or fix any problems.
Let’s break it down, it all began with a man named Arnold Kegel, the “inventor” of the kegel exercise.
What he understood was not that vaginal muscles get toned from clenching and releasing, but they need some form of resistance to create opposition for the vaginal muscles (ie. a finger, egg, or a probe).
Something physical needs to be inserted into the vagina to form of resistance and create a healthy effective exercise.
Somehow in our modern day we totally lost that message when we were taught to walk around flexing our vagina muscles is the “cure” to all of our incontinence, prolapse and quiefing problems.
However if you don’t have resistence, you are not building or sustaining muscle.
Imagine if I wanted to build my biceps muscle.
Would it be effective for me to flex my bicep when I’m in between tasks or at at stop light?!
What this WOULD do, is give me muscle memory and access to locating the muscle frequently, what it WOULDN’T do is build my biceps.
Same same with you vagina.
The good news is that the vaginal muscles are so small that they are very quick to fire up and they’re very quick to rebound.
They only needs 5-15 minute sessions of exercise to see results.
These exercises are specific balancing, so you are not just learning how to flex and strengthen your vagina, you are also learning how to surrender and release the pelvic floor muscles.
This is what I call functional exercise, as we are in constant seeking of balance.
Yoni Eggs are safe to use, as long as you know the dangers, which I go over in the following article.
The most important things to remember are that your vagina has small muscles that want to be functional (equal amounts of strength and surrender) and the best way to achieve this is with specific yoni egg practices because to create change we must have resistance.
Let me know how you feel about doing your kegels below.