Kegel Balls: The Ultimate Guide

Kegel Balls, The Unkeepable Secret

This Kegel Balls guide provides all you need to know about what these small, yet effective balls are, and how they can truly benefit your lady parts. 

You may be more familiar with these little balls from the 50 Shades of Grey movie, or maybe you’re more used to them referred to as Ben Wa Balls, Jiggle Balls, Vagina Balls, Geisha Balls, Love Eggs and a variety of other names.

Whichever name you give them, Kegel Balls will take your kegel exercises to the next level, resulting in improved vaginal and sexual health. Talk about a functional sex toy!

It’s our hope that by providing you with this resource you will feel more confident and empowered to go out there and get yourself a pair. 

Browse our index below to discover all you need to know about the genius invention of Kegel Balls, how to choose them and what to do with them once you’ve got a pair. 

What are Kegel Balls? 

Who can Use Kegel Balls? 

Kegel Ball Benefits 

How to Use Kegel Balls 

How to Clean Your Kegel Balls

How to Store Your Kegel Balls

Kegel Ball Risks

Selecting the Right Kegel Balls for You

What are Kegel Balls? 

Kegel Balls or Ben Wa Balls have been around for centuries, dating back to Japan where a man created tiny, weighted balls that provided extra male pleasure during intercourse. 

This can quite possibly be seen as one of the world’s oldest sex toys. These original Japanese balls were made from metal with mercury inside them, and It was the movement of the mercury that caused subtle sensations resulting in orgasm. 

Women took note of this and soon realised that the feeling of the balls regularly massaging the vaginal walls intensified sexual pleasure. And that’s how these nifty little balls came about. 

Today, Kegel Balls are designed to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and increase sexual pleasure and intensify orgasms.  

By inserting these balls inside your vagina, and letting them float freely as you hold them inside you and clench around them, you will target and strengthen the correct muscle groups. 

Who can Use Kegel Balls? 

Kegel Balls are used by women, and as with starting any new exercise the best place to start is by looking over the product packaging first before using them or check in with your doctor. They will be able to offer advice tailored specifically to your particular needs or concerns. 

We also advise checking with your doctor if you: 

  • Are pregnant or recovering from childbirth
  • Have existing pelvic pain or an active pelvic infection
  • Are recovering from gynaecological surgery
  • Have an IUD
  • Use a menstrual cup

Kegel Ball Benefits 

Kegel Balls have a myriad of benefits and you really can’t go wrong with adding a pair of these to your sex toy collection. 

Daily use of these small weighted balls will work your kegel muscles and over time increase your sexual pleasure. It’s been said that the stronger your kegel muscles are, the more deliciously intense your orgasms will be.

Benefits of Kegel Balls are:

  • Strengthening of your pelvic floor / PC (pubococcygeus) muscles.
  • Restores vaginal muscle tone after pregnancy.
  • Causes clitoral erection during sexual stimulation. 
  • Rhythmically contract during sexual orgasm.
  • Increased sexual desire.
  • Preparation for childbirth.
  • Reduces the pain felt during childbirth.
  • Helps to prevent both uterine and vaginal prolapse.
  • Decreases or eliminates incontinence.
  • Better control of both bowel and bladder movements.
  • Decreases vaginal dryness.

Kegel Balls are specifically made to increase sexual pleasure and to improve the effectiveness of your Kegel exercises, don’t ever use them anally or for prostate-strengthening exercises.

How to Use Kegel Balls 

Before insertion

Get ready to use your Kegel Balls by: 

  1. Emptying your bladder.
  2. Washing your hands thoroughly with water and antibacterial soap. 
  3. Washing your Kegel Balls with warm water and antibacterial soap, and then drying them with a clean towel.
  4. Use a water-based lube to get them nice and slippery, so insertion doesn’t cause any discomfort or pain. Also, rub some lube on your vaginal opening to make the process even easier. 


Now comes the best part! If it’s your first time, take it slow and steady and really be mindful of how it feels once inserted. 

When you’re ready, lie down in a comfortable position and spread your legs. Begin to insert the first ball slowly. 

Kegel Balls are often connected to each other by a small piece of string or plastic, so you can slip that inside your vagina as well. Once in, gently start to insert the second ball in. 

Push the balls into your vagina as far as feels comfortable. If your balls have a removal string or loop, this should be left to hang outside of your vagina in order to easily remove the balls — like a tampon string.

The balls should feel secure inside your vagina, so if they feel like they’re going to fall out then just gently push them a little deeper. 

The sensation you will feel with the balls inside you will differ individually, but generally, you should feel a subtle, tingly sensation that will intensify with movement. 

You can leave the balls in for up to six hours, but this depends on the balls being used and your individual body. Check with a doctor who will be able to provide further information on what’s best for you and your body. 

Pelvic Exercises for Kegel Balls

Now that your balls are successfully inserted you can start working those muscles!

A basic kegel workout is as follows: 

  1. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, these are the muscles you use to stop yourself mid-pee.
  2. Keep the muscles tight for a total count of 5 seconds.
  3. Relax the muscles for 5 seconds.
  4. Repeat this step 5 times in a row to complete one set.
  5. For best results, do this set three times a day, preferably spaced out, such as in the morning, afternoon, and at night. The more regular you practice the faster you will see results. 

You want to be using your Kegel Balls often enough that you can start to see results, but not too often that you start to strain and overexert your muscles. Listen to your body!

If you are looking to do Kegel Ball exercises during pregnancy, chat to your doctor as mentioned earlier, as they would be in the best position to advise. 

Solo Pleasure with Kegel Balls

These balls are used a little differently to conventional sex toys. There is the option of moving them in and out, but the most intensity usually comes from them being left inside. 

They’ll enhance the sensation of any movement, whether that’s rubbing your clitoris or exploring and touching your erogenous zones. 

You could even use a vibrator to rub on your clit or around your vaginal area. Can you imagine how intense those vibrations will make it feel?! 

Take some time to explore your body and feel into what’s gooooood. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not use them while you’re in public, they can be your sexy little secret when you commute or go for dinner — but only try this once you’re a bit more experienced.

Partner Play with Kegel Balls

Heat things up in the bedroom or anywhere for that matter, by using Kegel Balls to increase your sensitivity during vaginal sex, either as foreplay or by leaving them inside during penetration. 

The longer they stay in, the juicier and more wet you’ll become. 

Your partner’s penis will move the balls around, creating intense sensations for both of you. Keep the thrusts slow and steady and see what feels most comfortable for you so as to avoid any discomfort. 

Use them during anal sex to make it even more pleasurable, as this can push the balls against your G-spot, sending toe-curling sensations throughout your entire body.

How to Clean Your Kegel Balls

Just like any other sex toy, cleaning your Kegel Balls is imperative in order to minimize the risk of a bacterial infection and increase the longevity of their life-span. Make sure you clean your balls both before and after using them.  

To clean them, rinse under warm water and clean them with a mild antibacterial soap. Rinse the soap off thoroughly and pat them dry with a clean towel that’s not wet. 

It’s also important to then let them air dry for at least an hour to ensure they are completely dry before you place them back into their container.

Make sure they always go back into their original container before you store them away. 

How to Store Your Kegel Balls

Kegel Balls need to be in their container at all times when not being used. Store them away in a cool, dry place, and avoid leaving them outdoors, or in direct sunlight or heat, as this could compromise the material they are made from. 

Kegel Ball Risks

Kegel Balls are generally safe to use but do come with a few risks, as does with any exercise. These can include, overexertion, tearing, pain/ discomfort and infection. 

Avoid overexertion by contracting and relaxing for 5 seconds at a go. Don’t keep them in for more than four to six hours at a time.

Make sure you clean them thoroughly so as to avoid any unwanted infections. 

Stop use immediately and consult your doctor if you experience: 

  • severe discomfort or pain.
  • unusual odour.
  • unusual discharge.

Minimize your risk by ensuring that you’re using the correct size, weight, and technique.

Selecting the Right Kegel Balls for You

If you’re new to the Kegel Ball game, then start with a large lightweight plastic or silicone set, and make sure the balls are attached and have a removal string or loop.

Two balls are usually the standard in a set and this is a good place to start. 

Once you’re feeling like you’ve got the hang of things, you can begin to progress by – changing from larger balls to smaller balls; lighter materials, like plastic or silicone, to heavier ones, like metal or glass, and connected sets for singular balls. 

Just like weight training, you wouldn’t immediately start on the heaviest set, you would build your strength up gradually.

The same goes for Kegel Balls, start modestly and advance with one new element at a time. Upgrading on size first is recommended. 

We suggest starting out with the Classic Lelo Luna Beads below, which are among the most popular Ben Wa Balls on the market. 

Ideal for beginners, they are duotone balls which means they are hollow with smaller balls inside of them that move when you move. 

The ones, shown below, come with two 28 gram and two 37 gram balls. Start with the 2 lighter balls (28g each) and progress to the 2 weightier balls (37g each) when ready to go to the next level. 

Wear the balls with or without the silicone holder, which features a pull cord for easy removal.

Lelo also offers the Lelo Luna Beads Mini which is smaller in size. We suggest using the Classic Luna Beads if you’ve experienced childbirth and the Luna Beads Mini if you’re under thirty and have not been through childbirth.

Check out our full range of Kegel Balls here or take a look at our comprehensive guide to sex toys here



Now, these are the kind of balls you’ll want more and more action from! So what are you waiting for, grab a pair of balls and get started!

We hope you enjoyed our Kegel Balls guide and that you found it a useful resource on your path to strengthening that pelvic floor and having even better sex!

If you have any questions or comments, please drop us a message below and we’ll be happy to get back to you, and remember happy Kegels equal a happy life!