What’s The Best Way To Use Kegel Balls?
Kegel balls are small but mighty pieces of kit that are both sex toy and exercise tool. They are often used by women who have had children to tighten up the pelvic floor, but in fact they can bring benefits to help all women enjoy better sex lives. Here’s a look at how to use them and how to choose the right kegel balls for you.
Kegel balls have been used for thousands of years, both for practical purposes and to enhance sexual pleasure. There is evidence that they were invented in Japan about 3,000 years ago and were known as Ben-wa, which they are still sometimes referred to as today.
They were made from spheres of semi-precious stones, and usually consisted of three balls of ascending size attached by a cord. The balls were inserted into the vaginal passage, and the centre ball was designed to sit near the G spot to provide sexual stimulation.
By tightening and relaxing the vaginal muscles around the balls, women found that as well as being pleasurable, it helped to strengthen their pelvic floors, which helped with bladder control, particularly if they had given birth.
A strong pelvic floor and vaginal muscles can also make sexual intercourse a more stimulating experience for both partners, with some women reporting that they have more intense orgasms, or even manage to orgasm with a partner for the first time.
In the 1940s, an American doctor named Arnold Henry Kegel observed that women of native South African tribes who used love balls had very low levels of incontinence. This led to the development of kegel balls as both a tool for pelvic floor training and also as a sex aid.
How should you use kegel balls for the first time?
If you have never tried using kegel balls before, it is recommended that you choose lighter and larger balls, as these require less effort and muscle strength to hold in place. If you think that your pelvic floor muscles are already in reasonably good shape and you just want to tone things up, go for some smaller and heavier balls.
Always remember to wash the balls with hot water and a mild antibacterial soap before inserting them and after use, to minimise the risk of infection. Apply a generous amount of lube to the kegel balls to make insertion smoother and easier. Once inside, the lowest ball should be about 3 cm from the vaginal opening.
Practice slowly tightening and relaxing your pelvic muscles around the balls. You can also move about even wear them out and about if you feel like it. However it’s not recommended to leave them in for more than a few hours at a time. You can even buy apps with customised toning exercise routines if you really want to get in great shape.
If your focus is more self-pleasure (and why not) then vibrating love eggs might be the best choice for you. These are similar to kegel balls but they vibrate to apply stimulation to your sweet spots, for more intense orgasms all round.