Kegel Balls are weighted spheres designed to slip inside the vagina. The weights inside the balls cause them to move around as you do, twirling around inside in response to your movements providing teasing and massaging sensations and an arousing reminder of their presence.
Also known as Love Balls, Love Eggs, Geisha Balls, Ben Wa Balls, Orgasm Balls, Jiggle Balls, and Duotone Balls, kegel balls seem to have a long history rooted in Eastern/Taoist sexuality. They are believed to have originated in Japan to give men extra sensations during intercourse, but women soon realised the sensual and exercising benefits of wearing them.
In terms of pleasure and stimulation, kegal balls seem to have fans and critics in equal measure. Some womxn swear to climaxing whilst dashing for the bus. Others tell us they find the balls about as stimulating as a tampon, i.e they couldn't really feel anything.
Choosing the right size and weight is key to having their massaging presence felt and prompting your body's natural response to squeezing to keep them inside. The most important thing to remember is that kegel balls require movements to be stimulating - they are not a toy to simply lie back and enjoy.
The 3 main of effects of kegel balls
Which kegel balls should you choose?
Beginners should start with larger-size balls as these are easier to keep inside the vagina. Their larger size also means their presence is more likely to be felt during use - large balls are harder to ignore!
As your PC muscle develops and becomes stronger, it's time for smaller and heavier balls. Smaller and heavier means your PC muscle must work harder to keep a hold of the balls.
The massaging sensations of kegal balls are usually enjoyed solo but can be used during partnered sex to add extra stimulation during penetration. If you fancy giving this a go, we recommend starting with small-size balls such as Ben Wa balls, unless you and your partner are very different in size. Ben Wa balls are smaller and heavier, and in terms of PC muscle exercise, these are the hardest to keep inside.
Ben Wa balls aren't joined together by a cord but don't worry - they're so heavy that they won't "get lost" - to remove them, simply loosen your vaginal grip, and gravity will take its course...
How to insert kegel balls
Coating your kegel balls in water-based lube makes inserting them a lot easier. Remember: The easier and slipperier they are to insert, the more inclined they'll be to slide out!
Start by lying down, crooking one leg up and popping the kegel balls inside your vagina one at a time. Two balls are usually attached to a removal cord, but occasionally there is a single ball.
You could just try squeezing your PC muscle against them in this position and perhaps adding a clitoral vibrator if their presence has prompted a frisky mood!
Once you've become accustomed to the feeling of kegel balls inside you, it's time to stand up and start moving around. As you become more confident, try 'wearing' your kegel balls during the day to spice up everyday tasks. The constant reminder of them inside can build and prolong arousal and be a thrilling secret only you know about...
We'll never forget the three female execs who came to Sh! to buy kegel balls to liven up their afternoon meeting - we like your style!
You want to be confident you are able to keep a tight grip on your balls if you decide to venture out into the world whilst wearing them. If not, you might find yourself chasing an escaped kegel ball down the frozen aisle in Tesco...
Sh! Love Cherries is a 3-piece PC exercise set with weighted balls. The pale lilac ball is the lightest in weight, so the best one to start with.
Once the lightest ball becomes 'too easy,' it's time to step it up. The medium-weight ball is heavier and tricker to keep in.
Once the medium ball feels easy, it's time to level up to the dark purple ball - very heavy at 85g!
Balls for Kegels/PC muscle exercise
Feeling the balls inside your vagina makes you more aware of the squeezing action required to strengthen your PC muscle. The bonus is that a well-toned PC muscle can give you stronger, longer orgasms.
Thousands of women have explored the pleasurable sensations kegel balls offer and gained a strong PC muscle while at it. They have subsequently experienced stronger or easier orgasms - a win-win situation if ever there was one!
A simple squeeze-and-relax 'gripping' action will help with vaginal toning. If you're looking for a more thorough vaginal boot camp regime, check out our PC muscle exercise guide.