What are Kegel balls?
Kegel balls, also known as Ben Wa balls, have been used for centuries to strengthen vaginal and pelvic floor muscles. They are small, weighted balls that come in a variety of different weights and sizes. They are designed to be inserted into your vagina like a tampon and essentially make your muscles contract.
It is the same method as people go to the gym to exercise their muscles. You should start with the lightest one to see how you feel about it and move to the heavier ones. Start with a few minutes each day, then increasing for longer intervals as you get stronger.
Why Kegel balls are women’s best friend?
Besides the most obvious benefit which is tightening your vagina, here are a few more reasons why Kegel balls are women’s best friend.
- Stronger orgasms
Doing the actual exercise won’t turn you on, but it will help you get more intense sex. When you orgasm, a special area of your pelvic floor called the pubococcygeus (PC) muscles contrasts, leading to that big “O” moment. If those muscles are stronger, it is possible you will have a much tighter grip during sex and more blood will flow to the area, boosting the sensation you experience.
- Bladder control
Urinary incontinence can happen to anyone, but it’s more common in women than men. The National Association for Continence estimates that of the 25 million adults who experience chronic incontinence, 75-80% of them are women. And it only gets more common with age. A recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention report shows more than 50% of Americans 65 and over struggle with incontinence. A common culprit? Weak muscles
If the pelvic floor muscles are not strong enough, even small movements like laughing or sneezing could cause accident, because your muscles are not able to urine from leaking out when the pressure gets applied. Doing Kegels more often can help strengthen your pelvic floor, so bladder problems won’t happen often.
- Help pregnancy recovery
First and foremost, carrying a baby can put serious pressure on these muscles, unless you have a C-section. Count on labor to stretch out the tissue around your bladder and weaken muscles needed to protect again UI later on. Doctors recommend practicing Kegel before and after pregnancy, so you keep those areas strong and toned even as you give birth to your little one.
Quick start guide
- Wash the balls with antibacterial soap and check if there’s any damage or cracks.
- Use extra water-based lubricant to ensure it’s comfortable to insert and do the exercise, also no dryness nor too much friction against your vagina.
- Lie down on your flat back, gently insert the ball and force your muscles to hold it inside.
- If your muscles are getting stronger, try stand, walk, squat and take the staircase.
- 15 minutes a day is enough and you can organize your own schedule as you need.
- VERY IMPORTANT: wash the ball after use and make sure it’s properly stored in a cool, dry place.
Are there any risks?
Kegel are generally safe to use, there are few things you should keep in mind.
1. Only squeeze for about 5 seconds at a time, with breaks of at least 5 seconds between. Squeezing for too long or without a break could overexert your vaginal muscles and cause a temporary stain.
2. Don’t keep your Kegel in for more than 4-6 hours at a time. Any longer and you may begin to overexert your pelvic floor muscles.
3. Always clean your Kegel balls before and after use. Using contaminated Kegel balls can result in infection.
4. Discontinue use and see your doctor if you begin to experience:
- severe pain or discomfort
- unusual discharge
- unusual odor