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The "Marie Claire" Article

September 11 2007 at 2:56 AM
Sari Wexler - Forum Moderator 


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Although this article deals with "orgasms", more significant problems such as incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, etc. are just as easily rectified.

The following is reprinted from the January issue of "Marie Claire" Magazine, a Hearst Publication.

This is an excerpt from an article by Karen J. Bannan in association with Howard I. Glazer, Ph.D

YOU CAN TRAIN YOUR VAGINA TO BE MORE ORGASMIC!

WE PUT THREE SEX TOOLS TO THE TEST

When it's in top shape the pubococcygeus (PC) muscle aka the "love" muscle" helps you have strong and lasting orgasms. But with age, pregnancy, and even lack of sex, this pelvic muscle can weaken. Women have long used Kegel exercises (repeated contracting and releasing, as if to stop the flow of urine) to help, but the truth is, they're not enough.

"Many women who do self-guided Kegels don't improve because they don't do them right" says Howard I Glazer Ph.D a NYC-based psychologist who specializes in pelvic-floor muscle diagnosis and rehabilitation.

Dr Arnold Kegel originally designed his exercises for use with a resistance device to ensure their effectiveness. Here women try our PC-toning tools. To see if their muscles got stronger, we measured them before and after with biofeedback - but the real proof is in the tester's orgasms.

1) Kegelmaster 2000

"SEX IS DEFINITELY BETTER."-Faith, 34, graphic designer

GADGET   The Kegelmaster 2000, $98.95

WHAT IT IS   A device that tones your PC muscle using resistance.

HOW IT WORKS   You insert it into your vagina, then you practice squeezing and releasing the device by tightening your vaginal wall around it.

WHAT WE FOUND   "When I opened the box I thought it was really funny looking. But it was easy to use. I started with the lowest of fifteen tension settings and worked up to level five by the end of a four weeks."

BETTER ORGASM?   "Yes. Sex is definitely better for both me and my partner after using it. He says I feel tighter - and I can feel how strongly I contract, especially during orgasm."

BIOFEEDBACK   "Faith's muscles were healthy and well balanced to begin with, and she added even more stamina by doing these exercises, which accounts for her positive results," says Dr. Glazer.

2) FemTone Vaginal Weights

"SEX DOESN"T FEEL ANY DIFFERENT"-Karen, 29, writer

GADGET   FemTone Vaginal Weights, $124.78 plus shipping and handling.

WHAT IT IS   Five tampon-like weights, ranging from 20 grams (just under an ounce) to 70 grams (about two-and-a-half ounces). Each one is about as long as your pinkie and as thick as your thumb.

HOW IT WORKS   You insert a single weight into your vagina and hold it there by pulling upward with your PC muscle. Once you can hold a weight in place for 15 minutes twice a day, you advance to the next weight. You should eventually be able to run up stairs and jog with the largest weights in place. You remove it like a tampon.

WHAT WE FOUND   "It was incredibly hard. At first, I'd insert the lightest weight and squeeze as hard as I could, but the weight would drop right out. For the first few days I could barely do 10 seconds at a time. That was frustrating, but I kept at it. Even so, after four weeks, I still couldn't go the distance with the lightest one, much less advance to the second sizel."

BETTER ORGASMS   "For all that work, sex feels no different."

BIOFEEDBACK   "Karen's PC muscle did become stronger, but because she wasn't able to hold the weights in place for long durations - a typical problem with most vaginal weights - she had no improvement in muscle stamina, and that's essential for powerful orgasms," says Dr. Glazer.

3) U-Control home trainer

MY ORGASMS ARE MORE INTENSE NOW." -Jeannie, 39, administrative assistant

GADGET   The U-Control home trainer, $350 plus time with a biofeedback expert (ask your gynecologist for a referral), who will know local distributors that sell or rent the device.

WHAT IT IS A battery-operated, instant-feedback device for use during Kegels.

HOW IT WORKS You insert the probe into your vagina and keep it there while you flex and relax your PC muscle. The U-Control measures the electrical activity of your pelvic floor muscles every time you contract, and it displays a lighted signal to show you how you did.

WHAT WE FOUND "This was tough! I used it during Kegels, which I did twice a day for 20 minutes, just like Dr. Glazer recommended. The lights and sounds of the device told me when to contract and release: I could 'view' each contraction by watching how far the line of light went up, kind of like the ring-the-bell game at a carnaval. In the beginning, my whole pelvic area ached from the effort-including my groin and abdominal muscles."

BETTER ORGASMS?   "Yes! My oragasms are more intense now, and I just feel stronger. Even my husband feels a difference during sex. I had done Kegels in the past, but I did them on my onw, and I know now that I hadn't been using proper from."

BIOFEEDBACK   "Jeannie improved in both strength and stamina, so her results make complete sense," says Dr Glazer.

End of article.

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Most women find the Kegelmaster easy to use but as Dr Glazer implied there is a percentage of women who would not succeed with the Kegelmaster or with any other type of kegel exercise because they are unable to isolate the correct PC (pubococcygeus or "kegel" muscle), that is address only that muscle without incorporating lower abdominal muscles or buttocks muscles. At Kegelmaster WorldWide, upon your request, we exclusively offer an additional "Second Device" and an easy-to-follow instructional video which will enable any woman to successfully exercise the proper muscles from the very start. Please make sure you request the free second device with your order.

The Kegelmaster is in a class by itself in the sense that it is not expensive, genuinely effective, and easy to use. It just makes total sense!


"Sex and the Kegelmaster"

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     Using the Kegelmaster™ enhances sexual arousal and sexual response. This is not conjecture but is based on sound medical knowledge as well as logic.

     A tighter vagina means more "friction" and more confidence for both parties. Using the Kegelmaster™ is guaranteed to make having an orgasm easier, controlling the timing of orgasm easier and having multiple orgasms easier. In addition, you will find that your orgasms are stronger and longer.

     When you regularly exercise your vaginal muscles ( pubococcygeus or "kegel" muscles) by regularly squeezing them against progressive resistance, you re-educate your neuro-muscular wiring, gaining control of vaginal muscle contraction and you stimulate muscle development of tone, strength and endurance. Regularly exercised muscles have improved blood circulation and new nerve and blood vessel supplies.

     Muscle re-education means that closing your vaginal muscles against resistance, then releasing, builds muscle co-ordination and control. In order to learn contraction of the correct muscles, one must exercise against resistance.

By providing 15 progressive levels of resistance the Kegelmaster™ is able to optimize muscle development. The user realizes an increasing sense of accomplishment as she advances through the strength settings.

     The enhanced awareness of the voluntary nature of contracting the vaginal muscles can be like practicing the piano: the more you practice, the more accurate and agile the coordination of your fingers becomes.

     Muscle development means that by squeezing against resistance, holding, and then releasing you make your muscles firmer and tighter at rest (tone), stronger with contractions, and able to contract for longer (endurance). This is isometric exercise, just like doing arm curls at the gym. It is a physiologic principal that "a muscle will gain in strength in accordance with the amount of work demands placed on it". Regular exercise with the Kegelmaster™ re-educates your pelvic floor muscles and develops them.

    The pleasant contracting-releasing exercises can lead to amazing results! Once you have learned vaginal muscle control you can choose the timing of your orgasms*.

*Both partners should slow down and stop all movement, and the female should gently but firmly clench and hold her muscles. This will reverse the flow of sexual energy and forestall her orgasm temporarily. With resumed stimulation you can build up the tension to more and more powerful orgasms with longer periods of pre-orgasmic intimacy!

     Strengthening the muscles creates the ability to control the timing of orgasm by choice and is very empowering, increasing the self-confidence necessary for a woman to voluntarily choose to lose control and slip temporarily out of herself, which is the single most important element in her being able to have one or more fantastic orgasms. "Having orgasmic control is the single most important step in elevating sex to art". Muscle re-education is like practicing a musical instrument. It increases voluntary muscle coordination. Contracting and releasing the Kegelmaster™ teaches you that you can voluntarily clench and hold the penis as many times during lovemaking as you desire. If you concentrate on feeling aware of your vaginal muscle contractions, you can actually learn to contract different layers of your vaginal muscles in a ring-like fashion, contracting the outer ones first and then the inner ones. Then by pulling in your stomach while you contract your vagina, you can literally suck the penis into the vagina. A woman who chooses to contract her trained muscles voluntarily, rather than wait for those contractions to occur during orgasm, is able to pull her lover's penis deeper and deeper inside her, imparting the penis with her most intimate energy and love.

     Additionally, if you visualize your vagina as a cylinder composed of hoops, rings or fingers closed in a loop, you can contract your trained muscles as though squeezing your fingers one after the other. A woman can learn to manipulate them from outermost to innermost - so that the separate groups of vaginal muscle bands contract sequentially. This can lead to the situation where you can squeeze the rings of muscles as if you were playing separate notes in a musical composition. You can create chords, change key and compose both crescendos and refrains and in so doing transmit a powerful, intimate symphony to your lover without ever moving your body. Advanced lovers learn to combine this "playing the flute" by vaginal muscle contraction/relaxation with techniques of touching and massaging the clitoris, penis and anus that take them to previously unimagined levels of excitement and arousal.

     Of course, a woman can derive enormous satisfaction from vaginal muscle control alone. It facilitates your becoming a truly liberated, sensual, and loving partner. It makes orgasms easier and better during masturbation, as well as intercourse. This learning is readily transferred into the ability to have multiple orgasms.

Vaginal Muscle Development

Enhanced blood circulation and nerve development associated with exercise does several things. It means more awareness and perception of genital sensations. It also means increased bathing of clitoral, vulvar, vaginal and pelvic cells in health promoting oxygen and rejuvenating circulating sex hormones. Additionally, resistance to disease may be enhanced due to increasing the genital flow of white blood cells, which defend the body against viruses and bacteria. Enhanced blood flow helps reduce the local accumulation of free radicals and eliminate metabolic toxins.

Each of us has felt the tingling warmth resulting from vigorous exercise or deep massage. Exercising any muscle increases blood flow to that area. Increased vaginal and pelvic blood flow may contribute to the retardation of hormone-dependent aging, more youthful skin, and improved genital tone.

     Increasing the tone of your vaginal muscles means that instead of being flabby, soft and insensitive to the touch, they are firm and have a tension that transmits the sensation of touch much more intensely. All touch sensations may become stronger, more vivid, more exciting and more titillating because there is literally more electrical energy coming from your pelvic nerves.

     Since the Kegelmaster™ develops muscle strength and endurance, it logicallycontributes to having more powerful orgasms. Since the vaginal muscles are stronger, the strength of their contraction during orgasm will be increased which, in turn, increases the intensity of your feeling during orgasm. Since stronger muscles do not fatigue as quickly, the number of vaginal muscle contractions during orgasm will be increased, which in turn increases the length of time of your orgasms. Thus, the Kegelmaster™ helps you have stronger and longer orgasms. The control that comes from vaginal muscle reeducation builds the self-confidence and enhanced pleasure that encourages extending time spent in lovemaking.

     Your self-confidence which will carry over into other areas of your life frees you to delight in the whimsy and humor, joy and ecstasy of a freed imagination and confident creativity as you now travel to intimate places where the mundane gives way to the sublime.

The Big "O"!

     The physical, spiritual and mental climax of the dance of love is, of course, the orgasm. It is a lightening burst of electrical energy surging from the fantasy centers of the brain, speeding through the spinal cord into every nerve, every muscle, every cell of our body. The focus of this energy is on the erogenous areas, particularly the nipples and clitoris, the lower third of the vagina (where vaginal muscles are), the vulva and anus.

     Orgasm has tremendous health benefits. It causes the release of numerous sex hormones and endorphins that stimulate the body's vital organs and glands, and give a sense of relief and joy. Orgasm causes a rapid heartbeat, increased respiration rate and is an excellent form of aerobic exercise. It creates a detoxification of your entire system as muscles contract in a spasmodic response like a mini-seizure, squeezing toxins and the waste products of metabolism out of the muscles and tissue under the skin.

     Orgasm brings profound pleasure, happiness, joy and relief of tension that counters today's stress filled life-styles. It "unblocks" you, promoting health and longevity. Regular use of the Kegelmaster™ will make orgasms easier, more intense and more frequent.

Order the genuine Kegelmaster™ by calling 1(800)523-4430 or online .

     The Kegelmaster™ is an extremely valuable device that gives any woman, especially a woman who has had one or more children, an incredible sexual advantage.



Take This To The Next Level!!

     Try this in between Kegelmaster™ sessions: Put your lubricated fingers on the clitoris and notice which areas change on arousal and how different areas become more sensitive.

Explore yourself sensually, building tension and blood flow by squeezing and relaxing your vaginal muscles. Dwell on those areas that feel the best and allow yourself to become more stimulated.

     Fantasize as freely as you like. Continue the stimulation and vaginal muscle contraction/relaxation until you are almost at orgasm. For many women this is best done on your stomach with your legs slightly squeezed. For others, it is best done on your back with your hips on a pillow and legs either up or down. Keep track of the areas that are aroused on the outside of your body as well as the inside. Add to your mental map of erogenous areas as you make these explorations.

     Experiment with touches in different locations, different intensities and different types of movement, while continuing to promote increased pelvic blood flow and awareness by continued squeezing/relaxing of your vaginal muscles. Build a library of erotic images or scenes you can think about that turn you on. As a child delights in exploring the unknown, remember those areas that work best for you.

     Just let go. By using the Kegelmaster you'll know that you have mastered vaginal muscle control and that builds self-confidence and comfort with this part of your body. What is essential then? The wonderful conscious intention to let go and safely enjoy delight and pleasure in your own body, and the new ecstasy that you can experience!



    
This message has been edited by mykm on Aug 19, 2008 10:13 PM


 
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