What is Kegel exercise and how is it related to Ben Wa Balls?

  News     |      2023-04-04 16:15

When it comes to Ben Wa Balls, many women are not unfamiliar because it is currently recognized as the safest way to tighten your vagina. A relaxed private area can affect a woman's life and work, causing a lack of confidence and sexual satisfaction. Therefore, it is necessary to keep it tight in time.

However, many women when browsing information about Ben Wa Balls, will see another term: Kegel exercise. What is this exercise? What is its relationship with Ben Wa Balls? After researching various sources, the author finally found the answer.

In fact, the birth of Ben Wa Balls originated from Kegel exercise. As early as the 1940s, there was a doctor named Arnold Kegel in the United States who initiated this exercise to treat female postpartum urinary incontinence by repeatedly stretching the pelvic floor muscles from the pubic bone to the tailbone.

With continuous promotion, more and more women have participated, making it a globally influential exercise. In order to commemorate the contributions made by this doctor, this exercise was named Kegel exercise. With his promotion, after long-term research and clinical trials, Ben Wa Balls finally came on the market.

Kegel exercise, also known as pelvic exercise, was introduced by American physician Arnold Kegel in 1948. It involves repeatedly contracting and relaxing certain pelvic muscles (also known as Kegel muscles). Ben Wa Balls were introduced to assist this exercise and make it more effective. Kegel exercise is often used to reduce urinary incontinence, postpartum urinary incontinence in women.

The purpose of Kegel exercise is to strengthen muscle tension by stretching the pubic bone tail muscle. Kegel exercise is a prescription exercise designated for pregnant women to prepare the pelvic floor for physiological pressure created during late pregnancy and childbirth.

Kegel exercise is considered a good method to treat vaginal relaxation, prolapse, and prevent uterine prolapse in women, as well as treating prostate pain, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and prostatitis in men. Kegel exercise also helps with urinary incontinence in both men and women. Kegel exercise can also improve sexual satisfaction and help reduce premature ejaculation. Repetitive muscle movements using the pubic bone tail muscle include interrupting urine flow and contracting the anus to stop defecation. Repeating such muscle movements can strengthen the pubic bone tail muscle. The action of slowing or interrupting urine flow can be used as a test for correcting pelvic floor movement techniques, but should not be used for routine exercises to avoid urinary retention.

The first stage of exercise:


Stand with your hands crossed on your shoulders, toes at a 90-degree angle, toes the same width as your armpits, and clench with force. Hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat this action more than 20 times.

Simple pelvic muscle exercises can be performed intermittently by contracting and releasing on a five-second rhythm when walking, riding, or working.

The second stage is effective daily self-training:


  • Lie flat with both knees bent.
  • Contract the buttocks muscles, lift the perineum.


  • Tighten the urethra, vagina, and anus (all of which are supported by the pelvic floor muscles). This feeling is like urgency, but it is impossible to go to the toilet and needs to be closed by the action of holding urine.
  • Imagine that you are attracting something with your vagina, such as a plug or a penis. First imagine pulling up from the entrance, then gradually rising along the vagina, and support for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 times as a group, more than 3 groups per day, gradually increasing to 25 times per group. You can also insert your fingers into your vagina to check the effectiveness of this process.


  • Lower the vagina, as if squeezing something out of the vagina. Support for 3 seconds and relax, repeat 10 times as a group, more than 3 groups per day, gradually increasing to 25 times per group.
  • Keep the pelvic floor muscles contracted for 5 seconds, and then slowly relax. After 5-10 seconds, repeat the contraction.


  • Breathe normally and keep the rest of your body relaxed throughout the exercise. You can touch your abdomen with your hands. If there is a phenomenon of contraction in the abdomen, the exercise muscle is wrong.

In short, if it were not for the Kegel exercise initiated by Dr. Kegel, Ben Wa Balls would not have appeared in the public eye. Nowadays, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends the use of Ben Wa Balls to help women exercise and make the pelvic floor and vaginal ring muscles more flexible. The principle of Ben Wa Balls is to insert the ball into the body, and the vaginal muscles will clench under gravity, thus achieving the effect of exercise.