Love it or hate it, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise helped shine some light into a few lesser-known corners of playfulness and pleasure. It also helped illuminate a particular pair of silvery balls, bringing us more to our point, kegel tools!
Also known as ben-wa balls, geisha balls, vaginal weights, and pleasure beads, these weighted balls have been around for way longer than Christian and Ana. There’s little documentation, but it’s generally believed that they were first used by Japanese courtesans in and around 500 AD. So, a long time! Usually round and almost always weighed, these little tools can help strengthen your pelvic floor, improve bladder control, inspire arousal and contribute to more intense orgasms. Quite the resume for such a little object.
Best known for complementing kegel exercises (flexing of the pelvic floor), pleasure is usually a secondary effect of the ben wa or kegel ball, but it’s definitely a noteworthy one. During kegel exercise it can feel great to clench and release around something, the act stimulates vaginal tissue and many women find that lubrication production increases dramatically during wear. One of the better known scenes from the first book sees Christian introducing Ana to ben wa balls and then spanking her. You do you, guys!
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 does the trick 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 muscles tone and tighten.
Remember that it’s physically impossible for ben wa balls to be ‘lost’ in the vaginal canal. The cervix prevents anything from travelling any further, so don’t worry! Lots of beads and balls come with an attached retrieval cord or are secured in a girdle for easier removal and positioning.
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