Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 425–430 | Cite as

Intravaginal pressure Assessed by the Kegel perineometer

  • Eugene E. Levitt
  • Mary Konovsky
  • Margaret P. Freese
  • Joseph F. Thompson


A first attempt was made to provide norms for intravaginal pressure in normal women measured by the Kegel perineometer. Data obtained from 78 white females and 64 black females indicate that resting pressure approximates 5 mm Hg, and pressure with appropriate pelvic musculature contracted reaches an average of 15 mm Hg. The difference between resting and contracted pressures is unrelated to the former. There is a moderate negative correlation between number of vaginal births and contracted pressure in the white sample.

Key words

female sexuality sexual dysfunction perineometer pubococcygeus 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene E. Levitt
    • 1
  • Mary Konovsky
    • 2
  • Margaret P. Freese
    • 3
  • Joseph F. Thompson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyIndiana UniversityBoomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.Department of OB-GYNIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA

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