How High Heels Might Boost Your Sex Life

Reseacher says sexy shoes help train muscles used during sex.

ByABC News
February 11, 2008, 3:32 PM

Feb. 12, 2008— -- High heels may improve a woman's sex life, a new study has found but not in the way you might imagine.

The effect of heels on the male libido is well-known, but this research looked at the physical benefits of high heels for women. Dr. Maria Angela Cerruto, a urologist at the University of Verona, Italy, found that the tippy-toe posture of heels can tone a woman's abdomen and pelvic floor.

If true, not only will a nice high-heeled shoe attract the man, it may keep him, too.

While high heels are more commonly linked with problems of posture and bunions, Cerruto defends one of her own favorite articles of fashion.

"Like many women, I like high-heeled shoes; they make you appear more slender and taller," she says.

And she is pleased to have shown they can be good for you, too.

In a study to be published in the journal European Urology, Cerruto presented the results of her tests on 66 women under the age of 50.

She found that if they stood with their feet at a 15-degree angle to the ground (the equivalent of a 3-inch heel) the electrical activity in their pelvic muscles was less indicating the muscles were more relaxed with higher heels, thus improving their strength and ability to contract.

"We now hope to prove that wearing heels during daily activity may reduce the need for pelvic exercises," says Dr. Cerruto.

That would be great news for most women, who not only struggle with regular exercising, but who are also supposed to remember to do their "Kegels" named after the doctor who first established the regimen in 1948 or pelvic floor gymnastics.

According to the Mayo Clinic Web site, "pregnancy, childbirth, excess weight, chronic coughing and just getting older can all take a toll on your pelvic floor muscles." The guide recommends regular exercise of those muscles, adding that this can also be "helpful to women who have persistent problems" reaching sexual gratification.

If wearing heels is enough to keep your pelvic floor toned, many lovers of flats might consider stepping up. Marina Sapia, a new mother in Rome, lit up at the news that wearing heels would do it. "I don't wear heels, because I am so tall, but I might start, if this is true," she told ABC News.