This area of your body is key to sexual health, sexual performance and your enjoyment of sex.

So let's take a look at the pelvic floor, how it works and what you can do to keep yours as healthy as possible.

What’s really is the pelvic floor?

This is the layer of muscles that cross the base of the pelvis and strengthen the pelvic organs. This means the bladder and bowel, or bladder, bowel and uterus, depending on your genital form. This layer also comprises all your holes. The muscles wrap around these holes to help keep them shut, along with the help of the anal and urethral sphincters.

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These muscles are helping to control your bowels and bladder, which is definitely cool. But they also control sexual function. In people with penises, the pelvic floor muscles are important for erectile function and ejaculation. Stronger pelvic floor muscles also mean stronger contractions during orgasm, which translates to a bigger orgasm. And for people with vaginas, it’s those pelvic floor muscles that cause the inside of the vagina to contract during orgasm. Below are few tips to keep your pelvic floor strong.

1. Kegels

If you have pelvic floor muscles, you should exercise them. How do you do that? It’s simple as separating the muscles that help you control the flow of urine, and then contracting and releasing them. Do a set of 10 every day and you should feel a difference in a couple of weeks. You may even start having more powerful orgasms as a result.

2. You can practice with a dildo

Just as the pelvic floor can become weak, those muscles can also contract. This can be caused by medical problems or can happen in response to painful sex due to lack of lubricant. It’s also a typical symptom of sexual trauma. However, getting in touch with those pelvic muscles can be one way to train them to not only contract, but to relax, and work toward making penetration possible.

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3. Lubrication

Lubricant doesn’t strengthen your pelvic floor. But if you’re struggling with painful intercourse or intercourse that isn’t as enjoyable as you will like, lube can definitely help with that. Plus, loss of muscle tone and circulation in the pelvic area can contribute to vaginal dryness. Keeping this lubricated helps reduce pain and contraction during sex and helps promote vaginal moisture and overall health.