In sex and physical beauty, tight is often associated with good. Loose, bad.
Whether from a pregnancy or the normal aging process, women’s vaginas can become “loose.”
For men, prostate issues can render their pelvic muscles weak.
For some, this isn’t an issue and nothing to make a fuss about. But for many, this is a source of self-consciousness that eats at them.
Fortunately, there is a time tested, scientifically proven remedy. For men and women.
Enter kegel balls… or… vaginal weightlifting.
Why should you use Kegel Balls? What are the benefits to kegel bells and are they real or just hype? How do you go about buying your first set, and how do you use them? Rest easy – all your questions will be answered by the end of this article.
Pelvic floor muscle (PFM) is a collection of muscles that form a hammock-shape in the pelvis area. It holds your organs in place. They aren’t going to fall out just because you’ve had a few babies or a prostate surgery, but there are still risks to leaving the PFM untoned. As explained by Healthline:
Many factors can weaken the pelvic floor in women, such as pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and weight gain. The pelvic floor muscles support the womb, the bladder, and the bowels. If the muscles are weak, these pelvic organs may lower into a woman’s vagina. Besides being extremely uncomfortable, this can also cause urinary incontinence. Men may also experience weakening in the muscles of their pelvic floor as they age. This can lead to incontinence of both urine and feces, especially if the man has had prostate surgery.
If any of the following happen to you and don’t know why, you may have a weak PFM and will definitely benefit from Kegel exercise:
- Urine leakage after sneezing, laughing, or coughing.
- Have a sudden and immediate urge to urinate just before the PFM releases the contents of the bladder.
- Other incontinence issues.
So, whether you’re just looking to feel better about yourself or if a doctor ordered it, kegel exercises can only do good.
And unlike other kinds of exercise, kegels don’t require a gym membership.
What are Kegels?
Put simply, Kegel exercise is a squeeze-and-release workout for the PFM. But understanding how to do Kegels takes a little know-how.
How to Do Kegels
The following instruction are for those who do not want to use ben wa balls or some other form of kegel weight. They work for both women and men!
- Identify the PFM. To find and feel your pelvic floor muscles, think back to the last time you used the restroom. The PFM is the muscle you feel flexing to cut off the urine stream. Once located, you can exercise the PFM in any position, but lying down is recommended to start with.
- Practice the technique. Tighten or “flex” the muscle identified in the previous step, hold it for five seconds, and then relax for another five. Do these four or five times in a row. Keep at this over the course of a week or so until you can do it ten times in sequence with ten seconds of rest between sets.
- Pay attention. Be careful not to flex any muscles in your abdomen, thighs, lower back or any area close by. The PFM is what needs your attention, so it’s best if you don’t become tired by having exercised the wrong area. Note: Don’t hold your breath during kegels. Like with any workout, you need oxygen.
- Keep at it. Aim for three sets of ten at first, then four if you can handle it, ten times a day. Note: Do not do kegel exercise while urinating, as this may lead to a urinary tract infection.
If you’re having trouble identifying the PFM, or it doesn’t flex at your command, you may want to see a doctor.
For optimal results, regardless of kegel weight use, make these exercises a permanent part of your daily routine. They can be done anywhere, at any time. Waiting in line at the store, while working, watching TV – there’s no reason not to!
Kegel Weights and Ben Wa Balls: Some Facts
Ben Wa balls, also known as Burmese bells, Orgasm balls, rin-no-tama, Venus balls, or Geisha balls, are small, often marble sized balls containing a small weight that can either be used for sexual stimulation or PFM exercise.
All other forms of kegel weights are either based on or came from Ben Wa balls.
While Kegel weights are really a thing, there’s no lifting involved. More on that later, but first, what are they?
Kegel weights come in many varieties; steel, metal, or silicone ben-wa balls, oblong shaped, with or without strings, and the list goes on. No matter the manufacturer or type, all of them operate with the same basic premise.
The weight is inserted into the vagina all the way back to the cervix, followed by another weight until they make contact with one another, and the user makes sure they stay there with kegels. That’s it! Easier said than done, however.
In contrast with weightless kegels, vaginal weight kegels are slightly more difficult.
With the type of physical fitness we’re accustomed to, the human body will at some point stop gaining much benefit from push ups. The body weighs a certain amount and the muscles will eventually grow completely used to the load it must bear. Because of this, weights are lifted to prevent the body from growing used to a certain amount of strain.
It’s not easy to track the amount of progress being made with solely doing push ups, but weights can be tracked and adjusted no matter which stage of progress your muscles are at.
Kegel weights operate in the same way.
How to Use Lyps Kegel Weights
Lyps Kegel Weights are custom designed for comfort and ease of use. With 100% FDA approved medical grade silicone, they feel fantastic. And are totally body safe and non-toxic. Here’s how to use your set:
- Get all required materials together (lubrication, weights, etc.) and lie down.
- Relax your muscles completely. Try not to tense up as the lubricated weights are inserted into the vagina.
- Push the weight back as far as it will go comfortably.
- Hold the weights there by tensing your PFM (and thigh muscles, if needed).
- Once confident that they can be held in, move to the left and right to make sure. Once confident, sit up as slowly or quickly as is comfortable.
Do this as many or few times as you can handle. Step up the amount of time by a few minutes at first, then ten minutes at a time. At the point where you’re able to step up the time by more, you will likely be toned enough to wear them at all times – if that’s your thing.
- Vaginal weights can be “worn” in public, if wanted. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, they can be worn around the house or even just your room. It’s recommended that you exercise adequately before leaving the house while wearing these weights. If not toned enough, the PFM will become too relaxed and you’ll end up having to explain what that loud clanging sound was as you scurry to pick up the weights.
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