A national survey into the bedroom behavior of British women has revealed that 46% percent never or rarely achieve orgasm. The survey, conducted by Scarlet magazine and the makers of the PelvicToner to mark National Orgasm Day on July 31, polled over 2000 women across the country and found that women with better pelvic floor muscles were also enjoying better sex lives.

The survey is ongoing at http://www.orgasmsurvey.co.uk. The latest survey results can be downloaded from the site.

It has been known for nearly 60 years that a strong pelvic floor muscle is essential to achieve vaginal orgasm. When the muscles are stronger there is more friction and stimulation during intercourse and this naturally benefits both partners.

Arnold Kegel, who developed his exercise program for the treatment of stress incontinence, published a 3000 patient study in 1952 that highlighted this link and demonstrated that 'sexually dysfunctional' women taught a resistive exercise programme could achieve orgasm for the first time. Kegel was adamant that to be effective pelvic floor exercise had to involve squeezing against a resistance. Unfortunately this has never been explained to women and an effective exercise technique is rarely taught.

The PelvicToner, for example, is a resistance vaginal exerciser designed to help women meet the fundamentals of Kegel exercise, i.e., to identify and isolate the vaginal (pubococcygeal) muscle and then to exercise it properly against a variable resistance with the appropriate bio-feedback.

Demonstrating and publicizing the link between a healthy and strong pelvic floor and better sex will improve the general health and sexual wellbeing of millions of women, improve and restore millions of relationships, and will reduce the incidence of stress incontinence which afflicts half of all women.

Survey Results:

Of the 2000 women responding so far, nearly half are not achieving (their own) orgasms

Women who cannot identify their G-spot rarely have orgasms

75% of older women claim they have a G-spot, but a third of under 25's can't find it

Women with a 'good' pelvic floor have twice as many orgasms

72% say they are aware of their G-spot but its location varies significantly

50% place it just inside their vagina and 35% deep inside The remaining 15% locate it elsewhere

46% never/rarely achieve vaginal orgasm during penetrative sex

Only 31% claim to do so often or always

69% are aware that the strength of their pelvic floor muscle is implicated in the ability to achieve orgasm

70% of women claim to exercise sometimes or often but 92% would like to be shown how to exercise properly

Those women who rate their pelvic floor as good or very good, or who exercise regularly, are twice as likely to achieve vaginal orgasms as those that rate their pelvic floor as poor or very poor (42% v 22%)

Two thirds of women who rate their pelvic floor as poor or very poor never or rarely have vaginal orgasms

42% of women using pubococcygeal resistance exercises said they became more aware of their pelvic floor immediately, rising to 85% within 2 weeks

62% of women using pubococcygeal resistance exercises reported an improved sex life within 2 weeks rising to 82% after 4 weeks

62% of pubococcygeal resistance exercises participants said that their partner noticed the improvement in muscle tone/tightness