What on Earth are Kegel Balls?
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You put them where? Yep, Kegel balls are balls that are placed inside of the vagina to tone, strengthen and increase sensitivity of the vaginal canal. Perhaps they first crossed your radar while watching 50 Shades of Grey. There’s an infamous moment where Anastasia gets hot under the collar during a date while wearing a pair of Kegel balls.
While that may have been the defining moment of the Kegel ball in popular culture, they have actually been around for centuries. Legend has it that Empresses and concubines of the Royal Palace of China began the tradition of using tools like these to increase their sexual prowess.
Today we’ll be covering everything you need to know about Kegel balls so that you can add them to your sexual wellness routine and enjoy the many benefits that come with using them.
What are Kegel exercises?
Kegel exercises target the muscles of your pelvic floor, keeping them toned and supple. The pelvic floor muscles are in charge of the flow of wee, poo or gas. If you’ve ever squeezed to hold something in “down there,” then you have engaged your pelvic floor.
When you do “Kegels,” you are intentionally engaging your pelvic floor muscles, and there are plenty of great reasons to do this.
A strong pelvic floor prevents incontinence (e.g. weeing when you sneeze). It also helps keep your uterus, bladder, and bowel from sagging down into the vagina (vaginal prolapse), helps your vagina recover post-pregnancy and (my personal favourite reason) it can boost the intensity of your orgasms.
How do Kegels improve orgasms?
Try squeezing your pelvic floor muscles as if you’re stopping the flow of wee, and you’ll notice that the sensation is similar to the rhythmic contractions that happen automatically during orgasm.
Those orgasmic contractions become stronger when the pelvic floor is strengthened – and trust me, that’s a good thing!
Kegel balls can also increase the blood flow to the pelvic floor – increasing your awareness of and connection to the area – AND potentially increasing sensitivity. Now that’s a major win.
Can Kegels tighten my vagina?
This is a bit of an urban myth. A tight vagina isn’t something that anyone should aspire to – despite what society tells us. Many pelvic physiotherapists would argue that it’s far more important that we learn how to relax the pelvic floor. A happy, healthy, orgasmic vagina is toned and supple. Strong > tight!
What are Kegel balls?
Kegel balls are weighted balls that are inserted into the vagina to strengthen the pelvic floor. They come in various shapes, sizes, weights, and materials. Of course, pelvic floor exercises can be done discreetly anytime, anywhere without any tools – so why would you bother with balls?
The beauty of using Kegel balls is that the exercise becomes effortless. You don’t need to think about doing your pelvic floor contractions – they just happen! As the weighted balls shift around inside the vagina, your muscles involuntarily contract. It’s not uncomfortable – you may not even notice it happening.
However, if you do notice the movement and contraction, it can be pleasurable! Increased blood flow to the vaginal walls can mean increased sensitivity – and even vaginal orgasms over time. That’s something that the vast majority of women do not usually experience.
The balls will continue working their strengthening magic while you carry on with your life – commuting, working, studying – even dancing! Nobody would ever know, except for you. Perfect with your busy schedule, right?
The Intimate Touch Kegel balls?
Kegel balls are a best seller at Intimate Touch. They are designed from smooth silicone, and are easy to clean, waterproof and discreet. We recommend wearing your Intimate Touch Kegel balls for up to 30 minutes a day, while walking, running, swimming or even doing the housework!
Where to start with Kegel Balls?
Using Kegel balls for the first time might feel daunting, so give yourself time and space to get used to them at first.
Please note, if you are pregnant or use an IUD, please take extra precautions and speak with your medical practitioner.
- Clean the balls and your hands with soap and warm water before you begin.
- Apply lubricant to the balls – water-based is ideal if you are using silicone balls like ours.
- Lie down and relax. Take a deep breath in and release. If it feels right for you, you can try to self-pleasure a little before using the balls. This is not an essential step but it can help you to relax – follow your instincts here.
- When you’re ready, place the first ball at the entrance of your vagina and slowly insert one of the balls.
- Apply light pressure to the ball and allow your vagina to suck it inside. There should be no pain. If it feels uncomfortable, try using more lube.
- If the ball has entered you comfortably, push it a little deeper inside and upward – as you would with a tampon and allow the second ball to follow the first.
- The removal piece of silicone remains outside of your vagina – like a tampon string.
- Then stand up, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles and see how you feel.
- The balls should stay right where they are when you stand, snuggled inside of your vagina. If it feels like they’re about to fall out, push them in a little deeper.
- You might not be able to feel anything at all – that’s normal! You may notice a slight deep jiggle. Moving around, bending over or jumping about can intensify the sensation.
- Feel alright? Good!
How Do I Exercise With Them?
Now that the balls are in, you can choose to do some targeted exercises, kind of like sets of crunches by squeezing your vagina around the balls repeatedly. You can try something simple like contracting for 5 seconds and then releasing for 5 seconds. Repeat a few times twice a day.
Take it easy and be careful not to over-exert your pelvic floor muscles – nobody wants a strained vagina!
Alternatively, you can choose a specific time frame to keep them inside, like 20 or 30 minutes and go about your life. Don’t leave them in for more than six hours per day – and that depends on the material and your body. I prefer to use them in short bursts of around an half an hour and have had no issues with that.
When you begin, it’s advisable to start with light balls, and then as your pelvic floor strengthens, you can add weighted balls. It’s just like you’d do at the gym!
How Do I Use Them for Pleasure?
It’s great fun to incorporate the Kegel Balls during sexual play – both solo and partnered. It can feel good to insert them and then intentionally squeeze your pelvic floor muscles as you stimulate your clitoris with a vibrator. It can be extra fun to rock your hips to enhance the internal bounce of the balls as you play.
They can also be used as a kind of slow-burn foreplay on a date before things get steamy. It’s advisable to remove the balls before anything else enters the vagina.
How Do I Remove the Kegel Balls?
Removing Kegel balls is simple, so don’t let concerns around them getting stuck prevent you from trying them. Our balls come with a silicone removal string to make it extra easy for you.
You can lie down or stand with your feet apart, and your knees slightly bent. Tug on the string, and simultaneously push down with your vaginal muscles gently to ease the balls out.
If you sense resistance from your vagina, stay calm. Breathe, bear down and tug again. It can be helpful to bounce up and down and even sway your hips to help your vagina relax.
How Should I Clean the Kegel Balls?
Always clean your Kegel balls before and after every use to prevent infection. Run them under warm water and wash them with antibacterial hand soap. Then rinse and dry carefully.
Are There Risks in Using Kegel Balls?
Our silicone Kegel balls are considered safe, but stop use immediately if you experience pain, discomfort, unusual discharge or unusual odour.
Reduce the risk of strain by starting slowly with the size and weight of balls, and the duration of time you use them.
So, now you know what Kegel balls are, how they can boost your sexual wellbeing and pleasure, as well as how to use them. The next step is to invest in your own set so that you can start enjoying the benefits. Our Kegel balls are delivered quickly and discreetly, so nobody needs to ever know about your secret inner strength. Unless you want them to!