Something we come across at many of our bachelorette parties and undercover adult toy parties is that so few women truly understand their own bodies. When passing around our Kegel balls, very few women know what they are, what they do or why Kegel exercises are so important.
For this very reason, we’ve decided to share what we know…
According to Wikipedia:
“A pelvic floor exercise, more commonly called a Kegel exercise (named after Dr. Arnold Kegel), consists of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor, now sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Kegel muscles”. Several tools exist to help with these exercises, though many are ineffective. Exercises are usually done to reduce urinary incontinence, aid with childbirth in women, and reduce premature ejaculatory occurrences in men, as well as to increase the size and intensity of erections.
The aim of Kegel exercises is to improve muscle tone by strengthening the pubococcygeus muscles of the pelvic floor. Kegel is a popular prescribed exercise for pregnant women to prepare the pelvic floor for physiological stresses of the later stages of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth.”
Nowadays, we have Kegel Balls, a small classier version of the ancient Chinese Ben Wa Balls. These kegel exercisers consist of two elastomer silicone balls. Inside each ball there is a metal rolling weight that creates a natural swirling motion as you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles and shift your body. The balls are connected by a smooth, firm silicone coating. This makes them great for beginners as the balls will not click together when you move if your muscles are not strong enough to hold them in place. They are lighter than traditional metal Ben Wa Balls which is another plus for beginners, and they won’t set off metal detectors! The pull out string for easy removal is also silicone coated, making it hygienic as well as durable.
Benefits for women
Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, being overweight, and abdominal surgery such as a cesarean section, often result in the weakening of the pelvic muscles. This can lead to various medical conditions such as urinary incontinence (when you laugh so hard the tears run down your legs), prolapsed of the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, etc., which only surgery can correct). According to the Mayo Clinic, Kegel exercises — along with counseling and sex therapy — may also be helpful for women who have persistent problems reaching orgasm.
Dr Laura Berman PhD (featured on the Doctor Oz show) says “you must exercise your pelvic muscles to achieve your orgasm goals! Especially for women who have had children, pelvic muscles have a tendency to stretch out which can make it difficult and frustrating to achieve an orgasm. While some may evaluate risky reconstructive surgery, women can be empowered to take control themselves with some easy exercises to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. The more muscle control and strength you have, the greater your pleasure can be.”
What better reason to start doing your Kegel exercises today!
Get your husband or boyfriend to do his Kegel exercises too (that’s right – Kegel exercises for men!). It can also help prevent incontinence as they get older, maintain healthy hips and (here’s the exciting reasons) achieve stronger erections and gain better control over ejaculation. So why doesn’t he know this already?
How to Use Kegel balls to strengthen pelvic muscles and support postnatal exercises:
- Empty your bladder before placing the balls in the vagina.
- Insert one ball at a time lengthwise into the vagina until only the removal loop is outside the body. Putting lubricant on the balls will help them glide in. Inserting the balls is similar to inserting a tampon. If you’re not used to inserting tampons or if you’re having trouble, you should lift one leg up. If that doesn’t work, try inserting them while lying down.
- Squeeze your leg muscles together and then your pelvic floor muscles together to hold the balls in. The balls should push down a little bit inside your vagina, and they will make your vagina feel “full”. Much like tampons, you should eventually get used to the feeling.
- Hold the balls inside for at least 15 minutes a day to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. As you get stronger you can hold them in for up to four hours for a better workout.
- Keep moving! Whether you wear them around the house, out shopping or to the gym, you need to keep moving. Don’t worry – the Kegel balls won’t fall out by the time you’re ready to wear them in public. They might slip a little low in the vagina which is uncomfortable so you’ll need to pop into the bathroom to readjust, but your underwear will prevent them slipping any further.
- If you use lubricant with your Kegel balls, make sure to use a water-based lubricant. Silicone-based lubricants can damage the elastomer coating and your Kegel balls will start to absorb odours.
If you keep up your “Kegel exercise workout” with our Kegel balls, you should see results within 4 to 6 weeks with significant changes showing up after about 3 months. Commit to your daily “sexercise” to achieve the earth-moving, mind-blowing sensation that an amazing orgasm can bring!