According to female Details contributor K. Aleisha Fetters, “Your penis needs a workout.”
And since she isn’t offering any tips on finding a spotter, the real message is men “need to perform Kegel exercises,” those tightening exercises of the pelvic floor’s pubococcygeus (PC) muscles.
You likely remember the term from Sex and the City, when Samantha casually demonstrated her expertise while brunching with the ladies. Typically associated with women as way of — how is it Fetters puts it? — “preventing that ‘hot dog flying down a hallway’ feeling,” men can also expect all sorts of promising benefits from Kegels. Everything from curbing premature ejaculation and curing ED to making your dick point up like a cobra being charmed out of a wicker basket. Oh, and an oh-so-elusive promise of “more intense orgasms,” because when has a magazine ever promised its readers that?
Most of the logic is fairly sound — strengthen the muscles that support erections and you’ll improve blood flow and gain added control during intimate encounters.
As Brian L. Steixner, M.D., director of the Institute for Men’s Health at Jersey Urology Group notes, “ED is really just a heart attack of the penis.” So think twice the next time you’re tempted to penetrate a doughnut. Trans fats, people. Wake up.
As far as delaying climax, Kegels have something real to offer. When you contract the PC muscles, it sends a message to your brain that it’s time to pee. Pardon the medical jargon, but the penis only has one hole. Performing the exercises when you feel a big finish approaching can help you continue on like the sex god we’re sure you’re destined to be.
Then the science gets a little more fuzzy.
“Some research shows that Kegel exercises can make erections point further up in men whose penises tend to point down or straight forward when erect,” says urologist Darius A. Paduch. Well as long as some research shows it, it’s got to be true.
Fetters prescribes three sets of ten, three times a day to achieve results.
Start clenching, people.