Ben Wa Balls, Love Balls or Kegel Balls - Good for you, and even better for your sexlife
You could have read about them in 50 Shades of Grey or heard about them through a friend, and perhaps even been told about them from a doctor; but what exactly are Ben Wa balls, Love balls or kegel balls? There are two different styles. The solid kegel exerciser balls are heavy steal balls that are placed in the vagina that give you something to grip onto while doing kegel exercises (If you are not familiar with a Kegel exercise, try to tighten the muscles you would use to stop urinating mid-stream with) that is basically a Kegel exercise (named after the Kegel muscles also known as your pubococcygeus muscle, often called your PC. You tighten and hold then relax those muscles repeatedly – the wonderful thing about kegel exercises is it helps with orgasm, as you build your “strength” it provides more control in sex and leads to more intense orgasms).
Pleasure balls or Ben Wa Balls are small, hollow balls with a small weighted ball inside them and usually joined together by a retrieval string. Designed to be worn inside the vagina the smaller ball rolls around inside the outer ball gently stimulating you internally with every move you make. Every time the small ball moves, it knocks against your vaginal walls causing the muscles there to contract slightly. Discreet and unobtrusive, Ben Wa or Love Balls can be worn at home, while exercising and even out in public for naughty stimulation that no-one can see!
What are Ben Wa Balls / Love Balls for?
If you've read 50 Shades of Grey you could be forgiven for thinking that Ben Wa balls are just a female sex aid. Of course they can do great things for your sex life, but their benefits don't end there. No one really knows exactly when Ben Wa Balls were created, but it is clear that women all over the world have been using love balls for hundreds of years for not only sexual pleasure but for tightening and strengthening their pelvic muscles. Your pubococcygeus muscle (often called your PC or kegel muscle) is found in both sexes and forms the base of your ‘pelvic floor'. In women, this muscle can become overly elastic and worn through childbirth, age or if you are overweight and can reduce the tightness of the vagina. Ben Wa Balls or Love Balls are an effective kegel muscle workout toy as they stimulate the delicate internal muscles making them stronger. The stronger your pelvic floor muscles, the less risk you have of incontinence. The more often you use Ben Wa Balls the tighter and stronger your vaginal muscles will become which can result in stronger and more prolonged orgasms.
How do I exercise with Ben Wa Balls?
Ben Wa Balls are incredibly simple and safe to use. Usually made of metal or body-safe silicone or plastic, most Love Balls come in sets of two that are linked by a retrieval string. Follow our directions for use and some simple exercises to get you started.
- To insert the Ben Wa Balls, just push them one at a time into the vagina as you would a tampon. Don't forget to leave the string outside your body for easy removal. The same as with a tampon, once they're in properly your kegel muscles will tense and hold them in. You may need to use a bit of lube in order to insert them properly. Don't forget if you're using silicone or plastic balls to only use water-based lubricant.
- Once the love balls are in correctly you should still be able to feel them but it shouldn't be uncomfortable. Exactly the opposite in fact! Try walking around the house or up and down the stairs to see how they feel when you move.
- Just by wearing the Love Balls you're giving your kegel muscles a workout. That's the beauty of them. The longer you wear them for, the stronger your muscles will become as your pelvic floor adjusts minutely to hold the balls in while you move.
- Ben Wa or Love Balls can be worn all day if you like but bear in mind that if you do leave the house with them in they may slip out if you sneeze or cough. You've been warned!