All About Kegel Balls
All About Kegel Balls
What exactly are Kegel balls?
Kegel balls are small, weighted balls that have been utilized by women for centuries to strengthen the muscles of the vagina and pelvic floor.
What are the benefits of using Kegel Balls?
These tools help strengthen the pelvic floor, which can improve bladder control, inspire arousal, and even contribute to more intense orgasms. Many women find that the stimulation they experience from using Kegel Balls dramatically increases the natural lubrication production of the vagina as well. Furthermore, giving your internal muscles a good work out (aside from feeling good, more bladder control, etc.), they may also enable an easier pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery. Needless to say, Kegel Balls offer many benefits, but let’s start with the one you’re probably most familiar with: the sexual benefits!
Kegel Balls offer sexual benefits by helping sexual function and enhancing pleasure. For this reason, they have also been called Orgasm Balls, Venus Balls, Pleasure Balls, Love Balls, Geisha Balls, Jiggle Balls, and the list goes on! No matter what you call them, the benefits are undeniable. Many women use Kegel Balls as a way to boost their sex life, because they can increase sexual sensitivity and intensify orgasms. Stronger pelvic floor muscles can lead to more intense sex because part your pelvic floor -- the pubococcygeus muscles -- contract during orgasm, so it only makes sense that if you strengthen and gain more control over these muscles, you can potentially increase the intensity of your orgasms, and who doesn’t want that right?
Now, let’s back track a little before we get into my next point (the medical benefits of using Kegel Balls can offer). If you aren’t 100% exactly what the pelvic floor is, simply put, it’s the muscles that support the bladder, womb (uterus) and bowel (colon). These muscles help you to control organs such as your bladder and bowel because they actually pass through the pelvic floor. Thus, exercising and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through the use of Kegel Balls pose the medical benefit of helping you to gain better control over your bladder and bowel. For women who are pregnant, the pelvic floor muscles also provide support for the baby and assist in the birthing process. During pregnancy, babies put pressure on the pelvic floor, which weakens those muscles, so Kegel Balls can actually help with pregnancy recovery, as well as helping to improve bladder control.
Weakened pelvic floor muscles indicate that internal organs are not being fully supported, which can result in difficulty controlling the release of the bladder or bowel. Several common factors that contribute to the loosening of these muscles include pregnancy and childbirth, age, high impact exercise, obesity, straining from chronic constipation, chronic coughing, and heavy lifting.
Who should use Kegel balls?
Whether you have a weakened pelvic floor from any of the previous mentioned factors or not, if you wish to try something new to enhance your sexual pleasure, or if you simply want to take better care of your lady parts, Kegel Balls may be for you!
Are there different types of Kegel balls?
Kegel balls are available in a range of different sizes, styles, colours, materials, and weights, which is great because no matter your level of experience, tolerance to weight, or the effect you desire, there are Kegel Balls that will suit your needs. Kegel Balls may be comprised of one ball, two, or even three, they could be egg shaped, they could be made of silicone, glass, plastic, they may even vibrate (some even come with a remote control). Almost all of them have a removal cord for easy removal. There are even plenty of beginner sets that contain progressively weighted balls and/or sizes, which means you can work your way up to slightly heavier weights as you progress and strengthen your muscles.
How do I select the right Kegel balls for me?
Having a better understanding of your internal size may assist you in selecting the right size Kegel balls. To determine your internal size, some indicators include your preferred tampon size (small – around 29 mm diameter, medium or large – around 35-36 mm diameter), if 2 fingers side by side within the vagina fit snugly (indicative of a medium internal size), if the diameter is greater than 2 fingers this might indicate a medium to large internal size, and if you’ve given birth vaginally, this may indicate a medium to large internal size as well.
As with any other sex toy, it’s important that you find the right fit. This will ensure that you get the best out of your pelvic contractions and workouts. If you’re a beginner (and you’ve never given birth), you may find it better to start with a larger style in a lighter weight, because it will be easier to hold in place. As your muscles tone and tighten from exercising, you can graduate to something heavier and smaller. The ball(s) that you choose should feel comfortable and stay in place when standing for upright Kegel exercises.
After you’ve become comfortable with the size and weight you’ve been exercising with, you can choose to take things to the next level by switching for different (balls). You could swap larger balls for smaller balls, or lighter materials like plastic or silicone, for something heavier like metal or glass, or you might choose to switch a connected set for individual balls to provide a more challenging workout. Try switching just one element to start, then add new elements as you progress.
Remember, it’s physically impossible for ben wa balls to become “lost” in the vagina, as it is only so deep and the cervix prevents anything from traveling any farther, so if this was something you were worried about, fret not my friend! Most of these devices come with a retrieval cord for easy removal and positioning.
Still not sure which size, shape, or style of Kegel balls are right for you? Come visit us at Our Pleasure, or message or email us online and we will help you select which one will best suit your needs!
How do you use them?
* You should only keep your Kegel balls in for a maximum of four to six hours at a time. Any longer and you might overexert your pelvic floor muscles.
Preparation and Insertion
1. It’s important to first wash your hands and your Kegel Balls, thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap, and then dry them off with a clean towel.
2. Next, rub a generous amount of water-based lubricant on the Kegel Balls so they are easy to insert, and then apply a liberal amount of lubricant to your vagina opening before. Sufficient lubricant is ideal in order to prevent any discomfort.
3. Lie down in a comfortable position and slowly and steadily insert the ball (or if there are several balls, start with just one for now). When there is more than one ball, they are often connected by a small piece of string, or silicone or plastic. Let that slide inside your vagina as well as you slowly begin inserting the second ball (push the ball inside as far are you feel comfortable with). If the balls have a removal string or loop, make sure it remains outside of your vagina much like a tampon string and isn’t accidentally tucked in with the rest.
* What you do next depends on why you’re using them. If your goal is to strength your pelvic flor, targeted exercises will help you identify and tone your muscles. If you want to experiment, you might choose to focus less on exercise and focus more on sexual exploration.
How to do Kegel Exercises
First, begin by tightening your pelvic floor muscles to lift and squeeze the balls (it should feel like you're stopping yourself from peeing). Hold the contraction for 5 seconds, then release and relax for another 5 seconds. Repeat this step 5 times in a row to complete one set. You can perform up to three sets a day.
For Solo Sexual Pleasure
Kegel balls typically aren’t used in the same way as traditional sex toys. Moving them in and out of your vagina is certainly an option, but you may find that its more intense to leave them inside. This is because while you’re squeezing and releasing, the Kegel balls enhance the sensation of whatever you’re doing, whether that’s rubbing your clitoris or stimulating it with a vibrator, or simply exploring your erogenous zones.
For Partner Play
If you want to increase your sensitivity during vaginal sex, Kegel balls can help you and your partner heat things up. You can insert them before you head out on your date (Fifty Shades of Grey style) or you can turn insertion in the first part of an intense round of foreplay. The longer the balls are in, the more aroused you’ll be when it’s time for the main event. Just make sure to pull the balls out before your partner — or another toy — slides in. Kegel balls can also make anal sex more pleasurable. Anal penetration can push the balls against your G-spot, sending intense sensations throughout your body. Although it may be tempting, you should never insert Kegel balls into your anus. They aren’t made for this purpose and could cause discomfort. They’re also more likely to get stuck in this location. Beads specifically made for anal play are available, though.
If your Kegel balls have a removal string or loop, lay down in a comfortable position and re-apply lubricant to your vaginal opening. Next, slowly pull on the removal string until they slide out.
If your balls are separated, stand with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart, slightly bend your knees until you’re in a comfortable squat, and squeeze your vaginal muscles to push them out, much like with another sex toy or even a tampon.
If the balls don’t come out right away, try to remain calm. You may be able to coax them out by adding more lube. You can also cough, move around, or even jump up and down to help your muscles contract and release.
Cleaning and Storage
Keeping your Kegels balls clean is crucial. If they aren’t cleaned and stored correctly, they can introduce bacteria into your vagina that could lead to infection.
After you remove your Kegel balls, run them under warm water and thoroughly clean them with antibacterial hand soap. Rinse them in warm soapy water, and then run them under water to wash off excess residue. Next, pat them dry with a clean towel. You may want to let them air dry for an hour or two to ensure that they’re completely dry before you put them away. Once they’re dry, store them in a case of their own.
There you have it! Everything you'll ever need to know about Kegel Balls!