Maybe your partner has suggested using vaginal balls during sex play. Maybe you’ve heard them mentioned in a movie, or as the punchline to an off-color joke. Maybe your favorite magazine did a piece on how to use them to enhance your pelvic floor exercises. Or maybe, you’re just plain curious. Whatever your reason, it’s important to be informed before you dive into the world of kegel balls!
Kegel balls are everywhere, and they come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. While they’re not all created equal, the intended purpose of most vaginal tightening balls is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle. Over time, the pelvic floor muscles atrophy unless they’re exercised through traditional kegels or supported by other devices. Kegel balls are a way to enhance the traditional kegel workout, which is just a series of contracting and releasing the pelvic floor muscles, that is scientifically proven to strengthen the pelvic floor.
When the pelvic floor muscles are stronger, this leads to stronger orgasms (one of the more exciting benefits!), better bladder control, vaginal rejuvenation, increased natural lubrication, and a whole host of preventative measures. It’s no wonder people wonder how to use kegel balls and how soon they can get their hands on them.
Types of kegel balls and what they’re made of
As sexual wellness and pelvic floor training becomes more popular, more vaginal balls have begun to arrive on the market. The problem is, they’re not all created equal, and it can be hard to know which ones are safe and effective! Some kegel weights are plastic, some are metal, some are made of stone, and all tout to be an effective aid in strengthening pelvic floor muscles. The reality is that not all vaginal tightening balls are made equal, which is why we’re going to look at some of the most common options available on the market.
Yoni balls, also known as yoni eggs, are a kegel weight option made of jade, rose quartz, aventurine and crystal. People are instructed to insert them into the vagina and leave them there for hours with the goal of strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. Contracting the muscles over an extended period of time can have a negative effect on the pelvic floor.
Women ask, “Are yoni balls safe?”, and the reality is that while these may be pretty to look at, stones of any kind are NOT vajayjay-friendly. They tend to be porous, which means they’re hard to keep clean and can put the woman at risk for infection. Not only that, but they tend to be too bulky while also being too lightweight to truly strengthen the muscles.
Ben Wa Balls
Ben wa balls, also known as Geisha balls, are circular and usually made of metal and come in a variety of diameters and weights for individual fit. Similar to yoni balls, women are instructed to leave them in for extended periods of time to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
No ben wa balls on the market are FDA registered, so there is no way to know what they are made of or if they were tested for safety. As a general rule, metals can contain harmful alloys that pose a high risk to your health, especially when inserted into the body. Other downsides of ben wa balls are the lightweight and lack of external string, making them hard to retrieve.
Plastic Kegel Balls
Plastic kegel balls, also known as vagina balls, are cheaper and lighter alternatives that are readily available on the market. There are a variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and instructions on how to use them.
Across the board, these options are not FDA registered and tend to be made out of lower quality ingredients. Many kegel balls contain harmful plastics and chemical colorings that irritate sensitive tissues and may increase cancer risk due to repeated exposure to toxins. The varied shapes and materials also make them hard to clean, increasing the risk of infection.
Say hello to a new type of kegel weight: Kegelbell
The Kegelbell Vagina Gym™ is a revolutionary way to perform pelvic floor exercises correctly by targeting the exact muscles you need to keep the device in place. It’s the first externally weighted pelvic floor training solution and the heaviest on the market. Due to its unique design and increased weight, women only need to use it for five minutes a day, three times a week, to safely and effectively tone your pelvic floor for results you can feel – in as little as two weeks.
The Kegelbell insert is made of soft, medical-grade silicone for a safer and more comfortable fit, with no risk of irritation and no toxic colorants or additives. The starter kit comes with eight different weight combinations and two different size inserts to give you a variety of workouts that will gradually build muscle in 30g increments. The bulb is also very easy to keep clean, reducing the risk of infection. No strawberry-shaped vibrating hoo-ha insert can match that.
How Long Do You Keep a Kegel Ball in?
Kegels themselves are just a muscle contraction that doesn’t require inserting any sort of kegel ball. The important piece about kegels to understand is that it’s an alternating relaxing and contracting that strengthens the pelvic floor by gradually improving muscle tone over time.
That’s why kegel balls and weights with instructions to hold them in and walk around with them for hours is a big red flag. By using any pelvic floor training device for extended periods, the muscles can overexert and never get the chance to release from a contraction. No, thank you!
Some products recommend leaving the device in place for up to six hours at a time. But leaving heavy kegel balls inside your vagina for long periods forces the pelvic muscles to contract more tightly to retain the weight. This type of lengthy contraction doesn’t work well for your quadriceps or your obliques, and it isn’t going to work well for your vajayjay, either.
Conversely, products that are too light or are oddly-shaped won’t help you activate the proper muscles. And those chemicals that may be embedded in plastic or metal products? The longer a product is in contact with your sensitive lady areas, the more likely that toxins are to be absorbed into your body. Bacteria love warm, wet locations, so a kegel ball held in the vagina for hours can also be a busy breeding ground for infection.
Why Kegelbell is better…
The Vagina Gym™ keeps the weight outside the body, which allows the use of graduated weights to slowly increase resistance over time. The stackable weights simply hang on the external end of the silicone insert, and gentle contractions keep the insert in place, alternating with releasing and relaxing the muscles. Start with the 30g weight, just the insert, or whatever weight combination gives your pelvic floor a solid workout that will build strength over time.
Your vajayjay is sensitive, flexible, delicate, and STRONG, but using an inexpensive and potentially toxic kegel ball system that doesn’t target the appropriate muscles can damage even the healthiest pelvis. A sensible exercise plan with an irritant-free product will make it stronger and healthier, preventing leaks, restoring lubrication, and improving your sexual experience.
Take control “down there” and strengthen your pelvic floor with the only FDA-registered kegel weight product on the market – Kegelbell.