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Love balls: help with pelvic floor weakness

by Josephine Andrews
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Love balls, also called vaginal balls or sex balls, consist of one or more balls, single or connected, with vibration or without. But what are love balls good for? Find out here what the little balls do, how to use and care for them.

Love balls: what are they good for?

The term “love ball” is somewhat misleading. Many women use the balls to stimulate the vagina. But they are also good for something else: to strengthen the pelvic floor.

Women benefit from this in several ways. Strong pelvic floor muscles can

  • Get a grip on stress incontinence
  • Treat vaginismus (= spasms of the vagina).
  • intensify orgasm and increase sexual arousal

However, there are only a few studies on the subject of love balls. They are often not very meaningful due to various factors such as the small number of participants. The benefit of the small balls has not been scientifically proven. Women should keep that in mind.

What are love balls: There are these types

Classic love balls are available in three basic versions: with one, two or more balls. Some models are completely encased, others are just stuck in a kind of holding net.

There are love balls with a return strap and without, there are some that are connected and some that you push individually into your vagina. There are also love balls that can be connected to each other. These can be combined so that beginners can start with one ball and later intensify their training with two or three balls.

This sometimes makes sense because there are love balls with different weights. Start with little so as not to overtax your pelvic floor muscles. Later, add weight if you wish.

Some balls have a loose spherical weight in them. This rotates as you move, increasing the “training effect”. Other models vibrate, which also increases the pelvic floor effect of the love balls.

The vibration can be activated with the remote control as soon as you have inserted the balls. There are also some that can be operated using an app and very traditional ones with a button on the love ball itself.

Whichever model you choose, be patient. It takes a few weeks of regular training before the pelvic floor muscles become noticeably stronger with the love balls.

Love balls: They have this effect!

There are many factors that weaken the pelvic floor, including pregnancy and childbirth, chronic coughing , obesity, age, or excessive stress such as constipation. But vaginal balls for a firm pelvic floor – does that work?

There are indications. According to experts, the reason is that the woman tenses the same muscles to keep the love balls in the vagina, which she also activates when she urgently needs to go to the toilet: the pelvic floor muscles, which extend from the tailbone between the legs forward to the pubic bone pulls.

Love balls after pregnancy

Some women have a naturally weak pelvic floor, but this is typically the case after childbirth. This is because the body makes room for the growing child: muscles, ligaments and connective tissue become looser, hormonal changes also cause the pelvic floor to soften shortly before birth.

Gentle training with love balls allows you to strengthen the weakened pelvic floor gently and quickly in general or after childbirth.

Prevent vaginal cramps with love balls

In the case of a vaginal spasm, medically known as vaginismus, the muscles of the vagina and pelvic floor contract spasmodically. This is painful and scary. There is no physical cause for this sexual dysfunction.

The classic therapy is done with so-called vaginal dilators, i.e. plastic pins that the woman inserts. They dilate the vagina and get it used to being penetrated.

In some cases, those affected have also had good experiences with love balls: they also stretch the cramping muscles. In addition, women learn through (such) pelvic floor training to consciously relax and contract the pelvic floor muscles.

Love balls for urinary incontinence

If you can consciously tense your pelvic floor muscles, you can sometimes prevent urine from escaping unintentionally during stress incontinence, i.e. when coughing or sneezing. This happens because the pelvic floor muscles are involved in controlling the bladder sphincter.

More intense orgasm thanks to love balls

The pelvic floor muscles contract during an orgasm. Women who have trained a strong pelvic floor, for example with love balls, can enclose the penetrating penis more tightly, which intensifies the feelings during sex . This also applies to the orgasm.

A meta-study from 2018 also suggests that vibration increases sexual desire – it’s good that there are also vibrating love balls.

How do I use love balls?

The love balls should sit securely in the vaginal canal and should no longer be visible from the outside. What the right fit feels like varies from woman to woman and from model to model.

If it “tingles”, you have probably done everything right. This feeling increases when you walk or bend over.

When inserting, proceed as follows:

  • Wash the vaginal balls with hot water and mild soap or a cleaning product specially designed for sex toys. Dry them well.
  • Well lubricated, the little balls slide more easily into your vagina. Therefore put a lubricant on the balls. Preferably a water based one. Do not use oil-based lubricants, they attack the silicone with which some love balls are coated.
  • To insert the love ball, gently press it against your vaginal opening and slide it inside. In the case of multi-link ball chains, then grab the second ball and gently insert it as well.
  • Push the love balls in as far as feels comfortable and safe for you. If your model has a retrieval loop or cord, keep it outside the vagina.

Before intercourse, remove the love balls. However, sometimes anal sex can be enhanced if you leave the balls in the vagina. Namely, when the pressure from behind pushes the ball against the G-spot . But love balls for the vagina have no place in the anus. There are special models for this.

Exercises with love balls for a strong pelvic floor

The pelvic floor training is particularly effective if you wear the vaginal balls as long as you keep moving – for example during everyday activities such as showering , shopping and ironing. According to some manufacturers, 15 minutes a day is enough to see noticeable results after one to two weeks.

In addition, the pelvic floor can be actively trained with the help of the love balls – as follows:

  • First of all, you need to know which muscles you want to activate in the first place. To do this, imagine that you want to stop your urine stream in the middle. Do you feel it? These are the muscles that should be activated when you train with love balls.
  • In order to integrate the love balls into the exercise, do not interrupt your imaginary stream of urine, but pretend that you are using the same muscles to push up a small imaginary marble that you are sitting on.
  • As a result, they lift the love balls in your vaginal canal and close the pelvic floor muscles underneath. Hold for three to five seconds and relax. Five seconds break in between.
  • Abdominals and buttocks should remain relaxed during this exercise. Keep breathing evenly. Ten repetitions, preferably three times a day.

Maintain love balls properly: Here’s how

When lovemaking or pelvic floor training is over, give the love balls some care. After all, the vagina is sensitive. Inserting crusted, foul-smelling love balls increases the risk of infection. How to clean your love balls after use:

  • Wash them with warm water and antibacterial soap or a special sex toy cleaner. Rinse well!
  • Pat dry with a clean, lint-free towel and allow to air dry until all moisture is gone. If you put them wet in a closed container, mold could form.
  • Store the love balls in a dry, secure container.

 

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