Weightlifting…For Your Pelvic Muscles!
If you work out at a gym and lift weights to build up your legs or tone your arms, then why neglect your vagina and pelvis? Ever since the release of the popular book 50 Shades of Grey, Ben Wa balls (also called kegel balls) have become increasingly popular, but many women are still unaware how these spherical beauties can aid in vaginal and pelvic health.
Ben Wa balls are to the vagina what dumbbells are to the biceps and triceps. They are weighted balls that help to build the muscles in the pelvic floor, which help keep the vaginal walls tight and prevent vaginal prolapse (the vagina falls out) and uterine prolapse (the uterus falls into the vagina).
Don’t get confused with these egg crystals that also help the vaginal area. The University of Maryland Medical Center cites that strong pelvic floor muscles also help prevent urinary and fecal incontinence. Keeping the pelvic walls strong help to keep all of the organs within the pelvis in place, which is important considering the pelvis is a very small space.
So how exactly does a woman exercise these pelvic muscles using these balls? I’m glad you asked!
Ben Wa Balls come in several sizes and materials including metal, medical grade silicone and glass. As the balls become bigger, the weight increases and a stronger amount of force will have to be applied to hold them within the vaginal walls. The purpose of the balls is to aid in performing kegel exercises by placing them in the vagina and keeping them in place by contracting the muscles within the pelvis.
Follow the three steps below on how to use Ben Wa balls and get those muscles strong!
1. Beginners should use larger plastic, rubber or duotone balls because they are less weighted and easier for the pelvic muscles to grip. Of course you can move up to heavier as time goes on, but as a beginner, start off with these first. Shopping in person is helpful because you can feel the weight and material. But, if you can’t find any at your local shop, search online for a pair that you like.