Forget Kegel exercises. "Sex coach" Kim Anami is taking the concept of "vagina strengthening" to a whole new (questionable) level with her at-home weekly course that costs just $500 and has something to do with learning "Vaginal Kung Fu."
If your jaw hit the floor when you saw Prancercise, just wait 'til you see Anami's (NSFW) clip called "10 Reasons to Lift Weights With Your Vagina." She says vaginal weight lifting can make for stronger orgasms OR being the life of the party if you win a game of beer pong by throwing the ball with your vaginal muscles!
Yes, for the record, Anami's completely serious, and yep, you might want to make sure the little ones are all tucked in before pressing play on her eyebrow-raising clip ...
Oh, dear ... Clearly, much of this is in jest, right? But of course there's still something to be said for making it a priority to strengthen your pelvic floor. Lauren Streicher, M.D., assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University and author of the forthcoming book Love Sex Again (Harper Collins, 2014) tells us:
For preventing and treating incontinence (both urinary and fecal) and a healthy sexual response, a strong pelvic floor is essential. In addition, many women have chronic pelvic pain or painful sex as a result of a weak pelvic floor.
That said, Dr. Streicher emphasizes that there is "NO need to lift weights with your vagina!" (If you're all about equipment, she likes a device called Intensity ($229, pourmoi.com) which is specifically to strengthen the pelvic floor and increase the ability to have an orgasm.)
It's obvious from the conversation triggered by this video that it may pay to start thinking -- and talking! -- about vaginal strength in a different light ... and not in the hyperbolic, off-color way Anami's tackling it! As Harvard-educated physician and board-certified gynecologist Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure (Scribner, 2013) notes:
I'm all for women stepping into their power when it comes to their body and body parts, and having more choices -- not fewer. But lifting a man to safety with her vaginal muscles, when he falls off a cliff? C'mon, that's just silly and another ridiculous way to make women feel bad about their vaginas. The real conversation here is about how to help women own and reclaim their bodies, especially below the belt, and to deepen their sexual experience. You don't need to lift dumbbells with your vaginal muscles to do that. I agree we can raise the bar higher than the dull Kegel, and I believe vaginal orgasms can be aspirational when you cultivate body awareness and range of motion in the vaginal muscles. Yoga has been offering the same message -- Mula Bandha -- for thousands of years, and there's no pricey weekend retreat needed to learn how to do it. My advice: start with Mula Bandha, and keep the dumbbells in your hands!
Love it. Makes much more sense than CrossFit Kung Fu for your vagina ... or whatever the heck expensive, befuddling regimen Anami's sellin', and no woman's really going to buy!