It’s funny that vaginas have historically been viewed as a mark of weakness, because the vagina is actually a tube of muscular tissue, one that intersects with a whole beautifully interconnect web of muscles called the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor helps support the uterus during childbirth; it also supports bladder function and even the low back. So, when those muscles are weak, it can mean bladder leakage, back pain and even more serious conditions like pelvic prolapse.
Fortunately, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can often help prevent or resolve these problems. And, because orgasm involves rhythmic contraction of the pelvic floor muscles, strong muscles means stronger orgasms too.
Kegel exercises are easy enough to do, but the Kegel exercisers that have recently appeared on the market have made the process more effective – and more fun. Plus, the fact that there are now numerous devices devoted to fixing a problem that was long overlooked by the medical establishment is pretty fucking awesome.
Want to give a Kegel exerciser a try? Check out our review of the INTIMINA KegelSmart.
It’s possible to be totally into the idea of sex and for your vagina to be, like, meh, and refuse to lubricate itself. Vaginas tend to have their own agenda. It might be hormonal, it might be stress-related, or it could just be mild dehydration. No matter what causes lack of lubrication, it’s totally normal. Fortunately, there’s a simple product that can save the day anytime, and you can get it at your local pharmacy: lube. Just be sure to choose one that’s free of harmful ingredients, OK?
A vagina that’s well coated in lube, whether it comes from your body or a bottle, is more likely to have a great time. It won’t get sore or irritated, which means more fun for longer – and no walking funny the next day. Lube is a simple invention that's been around for a while, but what's catching on is the idea that you can pull it out anytime to make sex better, without a side of shame.
The Slow (but Inevitable) Crumbling of the Patriarchy
Vaginas (and the people attached to them) still aren’t universally respected, valued and free from stereotyping, especially if you examine the issue globally. But there has been progress, and these products are proof. Vaginas are worthy of care and attention, enough so to warrant research and development designed to make having one more fun. The fact that these changes are happening right now is a (small) sign of the decline of the patriarchy. And if you have a vagina, or love someone who does, that should make you very happy indeed.
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