Earlier this week, sexual health company Minna Life released a training tool and app for your pelvic floor muscles. Like a personal trainer for your vagina, kGoal gives you feedback on your moves (through vibration), tracks your progress, and even gives you customized workout routines. One of these 5 Crazy Fitness Trackers, the company was able to bring it to market after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
But do you really need a piece of equipment—one that comes with a USB charger and an app, no less—to help you tone your lady parts? We asked sex and relationship therapist Laura Berman, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, who said that while it’s certainly not necessary, anything that helps get women to do their kegels (and isn’t harmful) could be a good thing.
“It’s important to know how to do kegels correctly, but you don’t need a tech device to figure that out,” she says. And just like with squats, crunches, and deadlifts, you need to learn some basic principles to perfect your form.
Berman says the key to the perfect kegel is identifying the pelvic floor muscles: Think of how you’d contract to stop the stream when you pee. (Just don’t practice that way—it could lead to a UTI.) Still need help? Berman says some women have more success finding the muscles if they get on all fours in a cat-cow position, or sit in lotus with their legs crossed. Relax, and then squeeze the front muscles in your pelvis as if you’re squeezing around your clitoris and vagina, leaving your bottom relaxed.
It’s a tiny movement, yes, but it has major payoffs. Strong pelvic floor muscles help protect against incontinence, and doing them is one of the 5 Moves to Orgasm Tonight. As for the kGoal, “it puts a modern, fun angle on this, and could give a lot of women who wouldn’t put attention on that part of the body an incentive to do so.” So if it’ll help you get excited about giving your pelvis a workout, go ahead and give it a try. But if you feel any sort of pain, like one reporter at The Verge, who detailed her negative experience with the product, stop immediately. “Kegels shouldn’t feel even remotely uncomfortable,” says Berman. “In some cases, they can even feel pleasurable.”