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by Katie Peachesa April 28, 2020 4 min read

How to Use Ben Wa Balls for Kegel Exercises

By Ksenia Sobchak

Ben Wa Balls are a pair of weighted spheres that a woman inserts in her vagina. As she walks around or contracts her muscles the rolling Ben Wa Balls cause sensation and stimulation. Squeezing the PC muscle to hold in Ben Wa Balls will strengthen the pelvic muscles leading to stronger orgasms and prevention of incontinence over time.

What Are Ben Wa Balls?

While ben wa balls have been around for centuries, and were believed to have originated in Japan around 500 BC to aid in pleasure during intercourse for men, women soon learned the benefits of using these aids to strengthen their PC muscle. Today, there are many products on the market designed to create resistance training when performing kegels in women. These include Ben Wa Balls (also called Giesha Balls, Orgasm Balls, and Burmese Balls) which are small round balls (although some are egg-shaped) in sizes from 1”-3” in diameter. They come in a range of materials from metal, to hard plastic, glass, steel, rubber and silicone. Ben Wa Balls usually come in pairs and unlike Duo-tone balls not attached by a string.

How to Use Ben Wa Balls or Pelvic Exercisers for Kegel Workouts

Ben Wa Balls are specifically designed for "resistance" training when doing kegels, in much the same way that weights are used during weight training. They allow you to have something to clench your vagina muscles around, thus making it easier to isolate those muscles as well as providing a better workout.

Here are ten simple steps for using Ben Wa Balls and other Kegel Exercisers:

  1. Make sure to empty your bladder before any kegel workout.
  2. Get into a comfortable position, either lying down or sitting on the edge of the bed.
  3. Coat balls with a water-based lubricate for easy insertion.
  4. Insert balls into vagina one at a time.
  5. Close thighs and squeeze your vagina muscles around the balls, as if you are trying to pull them up higher in the vagina.
  6. Hold 3-10 seconds, then release.
  7. Repeat the squeeze/release exercise 10 times, and do this 3 times a day.
  8. Once you have toned your PC muscles (and vagina muscles), ensuring that the balls will not slip out, you can hold the balls inside of you while you go about your regular routine up to 15-30 minutes a day: sitting at the computer, watching TV, doing dishes, etc.
  9. To remove balls pull on retrieval string. If they don't have a string, simply squat and bear down and the balls will pop right out.
  10. Make sure to clean your balls before and after each use with warm water and soap. Rinse well, allow to dry, and put in storage.

Which Kegel Exercisers are Best for Me?

If you are looking to try out Ben Wa Balls or Kegel Exercisers, here are some things to keep in mind:

Ben Wa Balls come in different sizes and weights. Larger, lighter balls are best for beginners, whereas smaller, heavier balls are better for advanced users.
If you have a weak PC muscle, or have given birth, it is better to start off with medium to large sized duo-tone balls, as they are easier to clench around and will not slip out like smaller, single metal balls.

Virgins or women who haven't given birth should start out with smaller sized balls to work with as their vagina muscles are usually already tight.

Beginners should start with balls that have a retrieval string, as they are easier to use and remove.

If you want comfort, balls made of silicone, PVC, or latex are your best bet.
If you are looking more for stimulation, metal, glass, steel or plastic balls with ball bearing weights will allow for the most sensation as they jiggle around inside of you during body movements.

For men and women who want to use balls anally, make sure to use larger anal beads instead, or anal toys that have a proper retrieval string or flared base.
If you are buying them for pleasure, you may want to try vibrating balls for maximum stimulation.

If you want to use the balls during sexual intercourse, smaller, single balls work better, and vibrating balls add pleasure to both partners.

Advanced users may want to purchase a higher end item, such as Luna Beads, which give users four weight combinations for a more intense workout.

Kegel Exercisers such as the Intensity by Jopen or the Kegelmaster are designed for advanced users who are really looking for the maximum workout possible and quicker results.

What Are Duo-tone Balls?

Duo-tone Balls are similar to Ben Wa Balls, but are usually a little larger in size, are made of softer materials like silicone or PVC, and are attached by a string or cord. Both duo-tone and ben wa balls come in various weights and sizes for various types of resistance.

Duo-tone balls are designed with metal weights inside of a hollow ball, so when your body moves, the weight inside jiggles and creates an erotic sensation. Other types of Duo-tone balls actually vibrate by using batteries (see below).

Luna Beads by Lelo have four interchangeable weighted balls.

What Are Vibrating Balls?

Vibrating Balls (also called Vibra Balls or Vibration Balls) are basic Duo-tone Balls that use vibration for added stimulation and pleasure. The balls are connected to a battery controller via a cord, which allows the user to control the levels of vibration. Most Vibrating Balls are now multi-speed and have various modes or patterns of different vibrations, such as pulsations, or osculating features.

The video to the left demonstrates Vibrating Balls called Vanity by Jopen.

These vibrating balls are unique, in that you use your PC muscle to squeeze around them to activate the vibration.

How to Use Ben Wa Balls for Kegel Exercises

Katie Peachesa
Katie Peachesa

Katie Peachesa is a sex and lingerie blogger based out of the urban chic Wapping in the heart of East London, United Kingdom. In her spare time, Katie enjoys photography, yoga and fitness, a bit of boxing, traveling, keeping up with the latest fashion trends and mudlarking and exploring pastoral settings. You are likely to find Katie in an artisan cafe in Brick Lane on a Saturday afternoon furiously typing her next article on her laptop whilst she is sipping on her flat white and drawing inspiration from the hustle and bustle in the heart of creative London. Katie runs the "Fashion Life Mag" and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Allure, Grazia, Tatler, Evening Standard and other popular media outlets.


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