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15 Best Kegel And Ben Wa Balls For A Strong, Tight Vagina, According To An Ob-Gyn

Because peeing yourself is no fun.

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There's a notion out there that says a tight vagina is a good vagina. It's usually meant as a demeaning compliment extended to women who are celebrated for refraining from having "too much sex." That's not the type of tight vagina up for discussion here—please, have as much sex as you'd like. Let's focus, instead, on how improving the elasticity of your vagina by strengthening it with kegel balls can help with a number of physical issues (orgasms included). Everybody on board?

The muscles in the vagina can weaken naturally over time, or after events including childbirth, which can lead to urinary incontinence (a.k.a. peeing yourself). That's why pelvic-floor strengthening exercises, a.k.a. kegel exercises, which involve clenching and releasing your pelvic-floor muscles (the ones you squeeze to hold your pee) are so crucial, says Dr. Christine Greves, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. (Did I mention that kegels may make your orgasms even stronger?)

One tool that can take your exercises to the next level are kegel balls—a.k.a. Ben Wa balls. They're like little weights for your vagina, explains Greves. They usually consist of one or several balls lined up in a row with a cord at the end. You insert them into your vagina (with the cord hanging out), then contract and release your pelvic floor muscles around them, Greves says. Doing so helps you isolate those muscles and feel the contractions a little better.

Kegel balls come in tons of different sizes and weights—anywhere from 10 grams to 100 grams. Your best bet is use them daily (or as often as you remember to), and increase the weight gradually as you feel like your muscles are getting stronger. Obviously, the heavier the ball, the more strength you need to hold it inside—so start small.

Meet the expert: Dr. Christine Greves, MD is a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies.

When you're not turning to Ben Wa balls for incontinence, you can use them for pleasure and arousal too, says Jess O’Reilly, PhD, host of the @SexWithDrJess Podcast. To use your kegel balls as sex toys, she suggests opting for those held together with a silicone cord. "You might insert the balls and rotate or gently tug on the strings to create a range of sensations," she explains. "Some people enjoy pulling them out very slowly to heighten awareness and bring attention to the more subtle sensations." To take these sensations up a notch, try running your Ben Wa balls under cool or warm water before inserting them. "Changes in temperature can heighten arousal and change the way we interpret pleasure by activating the body’s sensitive thermoreceptors," O'Reilly adds.

A quick housekeeping note: While kegel balls are generally considered safe, Greves says, you shouldn’t use them right after you have a baby (you can have vaginal tearing that needs to heal), and you shouldn't leave them in more than six hours. When you're ready to go, opt for Ben Wa balls made with non-porous silicone, which won’t irritate your vagina the way porous vaginal tools can since they tend to trap bacteria. No matter what they're made of, clean them after every use with mild soap and water.

Cool, now that you're ready to, er, play ball...here are the best kegel balls to check out:

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