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Whether you've heard of kegel exercises from *that* episode of Sex And The City or this is your first time learning about them, it's important to know all the pelvic floor-strengthening benefits of kegels. And while, yes, a stronger and tighter vagina can increase your sexual pleasure, it can also help to treat incontinence (which is totally normal and common, btw). But, figuring out how to do kegels may be a bit complicated and even time consuming—that's where kegel balls and exercisers come in to do all the work for you.
Kegel balls—also known as Ben Wa balls—are small, weighted balls that you insert in a vagina to help strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Essentially, they're like little weights for your vagina, explains Christine Greves, MD, an ob-gyn in Central Florida. They usually consist of one or several balls lined up in a row with a cord at the end. Simply insert them into your vagina with the cord hanging out, then contract and release your pelvic floor muscles around them, she says.
Peep a few of the most popular kegel balls loved by reviewers, below:
Whether you want a tighter vagina, are trying to increase your sexual pleasure, or are dealing with incontinence, see below for the best pelvic floor-strengthening kegel balls recommended by ob-gyns and reviewers.
What are the benefits of using a kegel ball?
The muscles in the vagina weaken naturally over time, or after events including childbirth. That can lead to urinary incontinence. That's why Greves says that pelvic floor-strengthening exercises are so crucial. Besides helping to improve bladder control, Sania JIjaz, MD says that kegels can increase vaginal tightness. Yup, kegels can increase your sexual pleasure by giving you stronger, more intense orgasms.
When you're not turning to kegel balls to treat incontinence or tighten your vagina, you can even use them as sex toys, says Jess O’Reilly, PhD, host of the @SexWithDrJess Podcast. "You might insert the balls and rotate or gently tug on the strings to create a range of sensations," she explains. "Some people enjoy pulling them out very slowly to heighten awareness and bring attention to the more subtle sensations."
To take these sensations up a notch, try running your balls under cool or warm water before inserting them. "Changes in temperature can heighten arousal and change the way we interpret pleasure by activating the body’s sensitive thermoreceptors," O'Reilly adds.
What should you look for in a kegel ball?
The most important thing to consider when choosing a kegel exerciser is the size you choose, says Ijaz. If you choose kegel balls that are too heavy, they could fall out and hurt you.
After you find a size and weight you're comfortable with, Greves says it's important to opt for kegel balls that are made with non-porous silicone—that'll make sure your vagina won't get irritated, because porous vaginal tools tend to trap bacteria. (Just remember to clean your balls with mild soap and water after using them, no matter what.)
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