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Kegel balls are a simple device to help make your Kegel exercises even more effective. They come by all kinds of names; Love balls, Ben Wa balls, pleasure balls. For the most part they are all the same or at least very similar. They consist of one or more balls, sometimes connected by a string or piece of silicone, of varying weights. The balls are inserted inside the vagina and held in place by the pelvic floor muscles. Much like with any other part of the body, the addition of extra weight increases the benefits you might gain while doing your Kegel regime. The act of simply holding the balls in place can also do good things for your pelvic floor as the weight alone will stress and test your pelvic floor muscles.
Some variants of Kegel balls are hollow, and come with a smaller ball inside the larger ball. These smaller balls move around while you wear the Kegel balls stimulating and vibrating on the various parts of your vagina and pelvic floor. These kinds of Kegel balls are not only great for strengthening your pelvic muscles, they can also be quite nice to wear, and sometimes can induce orgasm like contractions of your muscles, hence the name pleasure balls.
Kegel balls can be made of a number of different materials. Some of the most popular are steel, glass, jade, and silicone. For someone who is just starting out, silicone will probably be the best material to go for, as it is much easier for your muscles to grip and hold in. Glass and steel, while a little harder for your muscles to hold, tend to be much easier to maintain and clean. Whichever of these materials you decide to go for, they are all very hygienic and safe for insertion into the vagina.
How you clean your Kegel balls will depend on which materials you decide to go for. Steel balls can simply be boiled to ensure they are sterile and free of germs. Glass can also be boiled, but you should be careful not to put cold glass straight into boiling water as this can weaken the glass and make your balls more likely to break. You should start with warm water and bring it up to the boil so as not to stress the glass too much. Silicone usually can’t be boiled, as it would melt and warp, so these Kegel balls should simply be cleaned off with a cloth and some warm soapy water.
However you decide to clean your Kegel balls, make sure you dry them off thoroughly and store them in a clean dry place to make sure that no germs can get on them between uses.