Sit Better on the Bike
The lower-body numbness you feel after a bike ride may dull the sensations in your pelvis during the other workout you plan to do with your partner and could cause long-term damage to arteries and nerves in the area. Women’s health researchers at Yale University School of Medicine recently found that female cyclists who positioned their handlebars lower than their seats experienced more pressure on the soft tissue of the perineum and had decreased sensation in the pelvic floor. In an earlier study, the same researchers found that those expensive ergonomic saddles don’t help in the way they claim to: the ridges around the cutout can actually increase pressure on arteries. Make sure that you’re not leaning down low with your bottom in the air and that most of your weight in the saddle is back on your sit bones, not toward the front of your crotch.
Use a Magic Banana
Strong pubococcygeus muscles can give a tighter grip during sex and are better able to contract, leading to increased blood flow and more intense orgasms, says sex and relationships expert Laura Berman, PhD. She adds that women who regularly practice Kegel exercises say they become aroused more quickly and easily. You’re probably already doing the classic squeeze-and-release exercises, but you’ll discover motivation to practice with the Magic Banana, a discreet tool that looks like something you’d find in the kitchen but was designed by a Canadian yoga educator to enhance pleasure in the bedroom. It already has fans at the upscale sex store G Boutique in Chicago, like staff trainer Anna G., who says that the flexible loop provides resistance during Kegels, making them feel both invigorating and intensely pleasurable. To make Banana Kegels more challenging, insert the loop, then pull it forward so you’re working against the widest part of the device. Squeeze as usual for three to five minutes—unless you find you just can’t stop.
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