Kegel balls….What’s all the fuss about?
Kegel balls, known by many names including Ben Wa balls, love balls, or geisha balls, are gaining recognition not just for their ability to spice up intimate moments, but also for their health benefits. These small, weighted balls are champions for pelvic floor health, offering benefits that extend beyond the bedroom. But how do they work, and how should you use them? Dive into our comprehensive guide to discover everything you need to know.
What Are Kegel Balls?
To those unfamiliar, Kegel balls might seem perplexing. They're often just balls on a string, leading many to wonder how to use them, where they go, and why they're so beneficial for sexual stimulation. They go by various names - Ben Wa balls, love balls, geisha balls, pleasure balls, or jiggle balls - but they all serve the same purpose. Kegel balls are inserted into the vagina (or whatever name you prefer for your lady garden) to help strengthen your pelvic muscles.
Understanding Pelvic Muscles
Your pelvic floor muscles form the base of your pelvis and support your uterus, bladder, and bowel. These are the muscles you use to control your urine flow or hold in gas. They're also the muscles that contract during an orgasm! Strengthening these muscles has several benefits, such as:
- Relaxing your vaginal muscles if you find sex painful or uncomfortable
- Increasing vaginal wetness for more comfortable sex
- Improving sexual stimulation by enhancing blood circulation to your vagina and pelvic floor
- Strengthening the muscles to reduce incontinence, is particularly beneficial for pregnant women or those who have given birth
Choosing the Right Kegel Balls
When starting, it's essential to choose the right size. If you're on the petite side down there (where inserting 1-2 fingers is your limit), we'd recommend starting small and working your way up. For those who've given birth or find two fingers insufficient, a medium or larger size may be more suitable. Beginners' sizes start from 27-29mm in diameter, with larger sizes upwards of 37mm.
Selecting the Weight and Material
Just like at the gym, start with lighter weights! Common starting weights are around 28g per ball. As you progress, you can move to weights between 60-80g, with expert levels using over 100g. The material of your Kegel balls also matters, coming straight out of the adult toys factory as the most recommended medical-grade silicone for its body-safe and hypoallergenic properties. It's also easy to clean, and crucial for intimate accessories. Avoid materials containing phthalates and opt for reputable brands that prioritize your health.
How to Use Kegel Balls
Using Kegel balls is a journey, and your comfort and safety are paramount. Here's a step-by-step guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:
- Clean your Kegel balls before and after each use.
- Apply a generous amount of water-based lubricant for comfortable insertion.
- Start by lying down in a comfortable position, then slowly insert the first ball. If you feel any discomfort, stop immediately.
- If comfortable, proceed with the next ball(s), ensuring the retrieval string remains accessible.
- Push the balls into your vagina as far as comfortable. Practice contracting your muscles in and out.
- Begin with short sessions and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable.
Advanced Techniques and Exercises
Once you're accustomed to the basic use, you might want to explore advanced techniques for further strengthening your pelvic floor. These can include using Kegel balls during daily activities, trying active exercises, or practising 'pulling up' your pelvic floor muscles. Consulting with a pelvic health specialist can help you explore these techniques safely and effectively.
Kegel balls are more than a tool for enhancing sexual pleasure; they're a pathway to improved health and confidence. By understanding and embracing them, you open the door to a world of benefits that can profoundly impact your quality of life. Ready to start your journey? Explore our curated selection of quality Kegel balls and embrace the transformative power of pelvic health.