“Peri-what-um,” you say?! Your perineum, or “undercarriage” is where all of the genitals, bladder and rectum exit your body. A healthy perineum takes some attention, and if you ignore it, it can rebel by gifting you with things like incontinence, hemorrhoids and uterine prolapse. Not. Fun.
So, what is the proper care and feeding of your perineum?
Doing Kegel exercises regularly (and properly!) can definitely result in healthy muscle tone (Check out this page courtesy of Wikihow for more detailed exercises). Working on your perineum needn’t be a full-time job, either. You can Kegel at every stoplight or while waiting in line at the bank.
Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair is also kinder to your vagina. As you subtly rock and shift on the ball, it stretches and massages those delicate areas. So, trade in your office chair for an exercise ball. In addition to being kinder to your privates, it’s a great all-over core strengthener.
Deep squatting. Deeper than you would squat in an exercise class. This also stretches and tones really well. Check out the Garland yoga pose for perfect form. You can incorporate the deep squat into your post-workout stretching. And Couch potatoes, squat while you are watching TV.
Why the title? After having my second child, I put some serious time into strengthening my netherlands. So, imagine my delight when during a recent GYN exam, my midwife nearly gasped in surprise when she asked me to contract my perineum. “Wow! You could crack a walnut with those muscles!”
And that, my friends, was the nicest compliment I’d gotten in a long time.
In conclusion… trust me when I say, you’ll thank me later, ladies!