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Can Kegel balls strengthen your pelvic floor?

Kegal balls or Ben wa balls are great to strength vaginal and pelvic floor muscles as well as give heightened sexual satisfaction.
Kegel balls for women
Kegel balls are great for pelvic and vaginal muscles. Image courtesy: Freepik
Anjuri Nayar Singh Updated: 27 Nov 2023, 18:20 pm IST
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If you thought that Kegel balls or Ben wa balls are just used as sex toys, you might be highly mistaken. Kegel balls are great for your pelvic floor muscles, besides of course, giving heightened sexual pleasure and satisfaction. However, using kegel balls in the right way is very important to get maximum benefits and keep infections at bay.

Wondering how to use kegel balls and store them, we got you! Health Shots got in touch with gynaecologist Dr Meghana Reddy to understand what kegel balls are used for, their benefits, and how to use it the right way.

What are kegel balls?

We all know that yoga is great for pelvic floor muscles, but so are kegel balls. Dr Reddy explains, “Kegel balls are used for targeted pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation, particularly addressing issues such as stress urinary incontinence and weakened pelvic organ support post-childbirth or during menopause. Notably, their use can contribute to heightened sexual satisfaction by augmenting vaginal tone and sensitivity, thereby fostering comprehensive sexual wellness.”

Kegel balls help you contract as well as release different muscles in an easy manner. She adds, “Kegel balls are often integrated as part of a holistic approach to women’s health, effectively managing diverse pelvic floor disorders and promoting overall physical well-being.”

A woman looking at her vagina.
It;s important to choose the right size and weight of your kegal ball. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

What are the risks involved in using kegel balls?

Kegel balls must be totally matched with your size. The correct weight and technique of vaginal insertion is very important while using them. Also, the time that they are inserted for matters a lot. “Risks with Kegel ball use include potential muscle strain from overexertion, especially if held in for prolonged periods. Leaving them inserted for more than four to six hours can result in pelvic muscle fatigue and potential discomfort. It is crucial to use them as recommended to avoid any adverse effects,” says Dr Reddy.

How to prepare kegel balls for insertion?

To get ready to use kegel balls, you need to make sure that they are spotlessly clean and ready to use. Dr Reddy explains, “Thoroughly wash them with warm water and antibacterial soap. Make sure there is no residue of lather. Apply a liberal amount of water-based lubricant to ensure smooth and comfortable insertion. Proper preparation ensures a hygienic and comfortable experience during use.”

How to insert kegal balls?

The kegel balls need to be guided in, and applying some sort of lubrication will help. “Kegel balls can be inserted by lying on your back with knees wide, gently guiding the balls about 2 cm into the vagina, ensuring the retrieval string remains outside for easy removal. Proper insertion technique is crucial to ensure comfort and effectiveness during use,” says Dr Reddy.

Also read: Strengthen your pelvic muscles with these 5 yoga poses

What are the ways kegal balls can be used?

Well, the ways to use kegel balls can vary depending on the position that you are inserting them in. They can be used in different positions, such as lying on your back, all fours, or even in a standing position. “By engaging the pelvic floor muscles, they effectively aid in muscle strengthening and endurance. Additionally, incorporating them into a regular exercise routine can help improve bladder control, enhance sexual pleasure, and promote better core stability. Regular use can contribute to overall pelvic health and well-being,” explains Dr Reddy.

A woman suffering from STIs.
Kegal balls must be cleaned and stored well to avoid infections. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

How to remove kegel balls?

The time duration that the kegel balls are inserted needs to be carefully analysed to avoid the risk of injury. “To remove Kegel balls, gently pull the retrieval string until the balls come out of the vagina. It is essential to do this slowly and steadily to ensure a comfortable and safe removal process. Taking care during removal helps prevent any potential discomfort or injury,” warns Dr Reddy.

How to clean and store kegel balls?

Making sure that your kegel balls are clean and stored well is integral to you using them properly. If this is not done in the right manner, it can lead to infection.

“To clean Kegel balls, wash them thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap. After rinsing off any residue, pat them dry with a clean towel and let them air dry to ensure complete dryness. Store them in their case or a clean, dry container to maintain their hygiene and prevent any contamination. Regular cleaning and proper storage are vital to ensure their safe and hygienic use,” says Dr Reddy.

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Anjuri Nayar Singh has over 12 years of experience in writing for various topics including lifestyle, films, television and OTT. She also writes on art and culture, education and human interest stories. ...Read More

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