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You already know how awesome Kegel exercises are and you have some experience with them. If you still haven’t heard about them or how to do them hop here and get going.
Kegel balls, or as they are commonly known – Ben Wa balls are cute little, weighted balls that help you work your Pelvic floor muscles even more. And they can also be used as a sex toy. Sounds like a win-win right?
Kegel balls add some intensity to your Kegels.
They have small weights in them so when they begin to slide towards your vaginal wall, your muscles will contract, and practically do your workout for you. And they are pretty comfortable therefore you’ll want to wear them all day. If you want to have a stronger workout, just do your Kegels with the ball (or balls) in.
Other than boosting your exercises, you can use them to spice things up in the bedroom. You can read more and maybe get some ideas on How to use Kegel balls.
When it comes to choosing right Kegel balls there is no one size fits all. There are many different sizes, shapes, weights, and materials you can get for yourself and since it can be exhausting finding the right thing, this guide will help you get all the information you need.
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The first thing to know about the shape is that you can get a single ball or dual balls. You don’t want to put too much pressure down there so if you are beginner you want to go with single one.
Some dual balls are mold together, others are held together with a harness. Certain types of harness connected balls even have an option to tie two or more balls together. That makes it convenient because you can individually increase the intensity of workout as you progress, and save some money along the way.
Other than regular round balls there are many different shapes on the market. Most of them are egg-shaped, strawberry (or tear) shaped or formed like a bullet vibrator. There is even one set that looks like cherry. The design is totally up to you. Since it does not affect the exercise itself as much as the size and weight, pick something that you like.
It is all about internal size. It’s recommended for beginners to start with larger sizes since it’s easier to hold and contract them. But if you are tighter and have a smaller internal size you should definitely go for smaller size. If you are not as tight and have medium internal size, go for medium size.
But be careful and don’t pick something too big because you want them to feel comfortable and to stay in place when you stand. For large internal size (usually after childbirth) you can choose larger size because you don’t want them to slide out before even starting with your exercises.
It is really important to pick a safe and comfortable material since you want to be able to have them inside you for as long as you feel like it. The best options on the market are silicone, glass, jade, metal and ABS plastic. A personal favorite for me is 100% medical grade silicone as it feels soft, comes in a variety of colors and it’s easy to clean. Read more in Materials and Care.
Another thing you want to consider is a removal string. Choosing one with it will make it easier to remove and it kind of feels better knowing they won’t get stuck. Pay attention to string material and thickness also. You don’t want the string to poke you. Therefore choose a thin and soft thread.
Plastic and silicone balls are not as heavy as balls from other materials, which makes it perfect for beginners. That doesn’t mean you have to give up plastic or silicone if it’s your favorite material as you become more familiar with the practice.
You can always add more weight like another ball, or just get one with a bigger weight. Buy only products which have labeled weight because it’s important to know the used weight in order to track your progress. Usually, weights range from 28 grams to 78 grams (usually, packages with few different balls). Some other standard weights on market are 30 grams and 42 grams. For more experienced exercisers, that range increases to 140 grams.
You don’t want to hurt yourself or push yourself too far with this exercise that’s why you want to start with a low weight and slowly progress to bigger ones. For beginners, I would recommend starting with 28 grams and after a few weeks of practicing you can add 10 grams. Intermediates could start somewhere in between, for example with 48 grams, also adding 10 grams after few weeks of exercising. For someone who is advanced in Kegels without balls, I would recommend going a little higher, like 58 grams.
But don’t go too far if you are just now adding some weights to your practice as it’s not the same working out with or without them.
Now that you know all the important characteristics, it’s time for some high tech options. Kegel exercises are so popular that manufacturers took a step further to revolutionize the way they work. Other than regular, traditional Kegel balls, you can now get a smart version of it.
They are practically telling you what to do – you contract when they vibrate and relax when they stop. But that’s not all; they even measure the strength of your pelvic floor muscles every time you use them and based on that strength automatically set the exercise level. Some of them come with the free app and can be connected with your phone so you can keep track of your exercises. It’s like having your personal Kegel trainer.
Doing research and exploring all the options is important before getting your first Kegel balls because it greatly affects not only the comfort and pleasure but also the quality of the exercises themselves and ultimately the results you achieve.
Do you have any other advice that helps with buying the right Kegel balls? Let us know what is your favorite?