Love it or hate it, Fifty Shades of Grey shed some light into some lesser-known corners of playfulness and pleasure. It also helped illuminate a particular pair of silvery balls we call Kegel tools! Also known as ben-wa balls, geisha balls, vaginal weights, and pleasure beads, these weighted balls have been around way longer than Christian and Ana. There’s little documentation, but it’s believed that they were first used by Japanese courtesans around 500 AD. Usually round and almost always weighed, these tools help strengthen a woman’s pelvic floor, improve bladder control, inspire arousal, and contribute to more intense orgasms. Quite the resume, indeed.
Ben wa balls are best known for Kegel exercises — flexing of the pelvic floor. Pleasure is just a secondary effect, though definitely noteworthy. Kegel exercises feel the best when you’re clenching and releasing around something. This stimulates vaginal tissue and many women find that lubrication production increases dramatically as well.
Ben Wa balls and Kegel weights come in different weights and sizes, all the better to suit different levels of experience, tolerances to weight, and the effect you desire. For more straightforward Kegel workouts, a simple set of balls works nicely. Beginners should start with a larger version in a lighter weight — it’ll be easier to hold in place. You can always graduate to something heavier and smaller as your muscles tone and tighten. Remember that it’s physically impossible for ben wa balls to become “lost” in the vaginal canal. The cervix prevents anything from traveling any farther, so don’t worry! Lots of beads and balls come with a retrieval cord or secured in a girdle for easy removal and positioning.
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