Ben wa balls are small balls designed to be inserted into the vagina.
What is their purpose?
Ben wa balls are designed to aid in the strengthening and health of the pelvic floor muscles. They can also be used for sexual pleasure.
What are pelvic floor muscles?
The pelvic floor muscles (technically called the pubococcygeus muscles) are a group of muscles that form a kind of hammock, covering the bottom of your torso.
What do the pelvic floor muscles do?
The pelvic floor muscles hold your lower internal organs in place. They also play a pivotal role in urination, defecation, and sexual function.
Why are the pelvic floor muscles important?
The pelvic floor muscles can become either weakened or tightened throughout your everyday life. When this happens, many of your bodily functions can be impacted leading to things such as incontinence, loss of sexual drive, or even prolapse.
How do you know if there is a problem with your pelvic floor muscles?
While a proper diagnosis of pelvic floor muscles can only really be obtained from a doctor, there are some symptoms that may indicate a problem. These include:
Needing several bowel movements close together.
Feeling like you cannot complete a bowel movement.
Pain during sexual intercourse (women only).
Pain in your pelvis, genitals or rectum.
Unexplained lower back pain.
Urine or stool leakage.
Needing to urinate frequently.
Starting and stopping while urinating.
If you experience one or more of these with no evident explanation, you should consult your doctor for further advice. It is important to find out if your pelvic floor is too tight, too loose, or has other problems, as this will affect the treatment and exercises necessary.
How do you fix a problem with your pelvic floor muscles?
While complex problems should only be dealt with by your doctor, tightness or looseness of your pelvic floor muscles can be dealt with by utilising a simple exercise called Kegel exercises.
What are Kegel exercises?
Kegel exercises are simple exercises where you pull up the muscles of your pelvic floor, hold them for a few seconds, and then release them. This serves to strengthen a loosened or weakened pelvic floor.
Who should do Kegel exercises?
While Kegel exercises are often only recommended to people with pelvic floor problems (and particularly women), almost everyone can stand to benefit from performing them every day throughout their life. It’s just like any other muscle in the body, regularly exercising it can help to keep it healthy!
How often should you do Kegel exercises?
How many Kegel exercises should you do?
Generally the most common advice is to do a set of ten Kegel exercises, three times a day.