All About: Ben Wa Balls

J asks:

How do I use Ben Wa balls?

J—

Oh how I love answering questions about Kegels and the pelvic floor (see also: my monthly womxn’s group, Coffee, Kegels, and Conversation)! Society has taken the veryextensive topic of pelvic health and maintenance and distilled it into a cure-all: kegel exercises, and, by extension, Ben Wa balls. Of course, there’s way more to the story.

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that stretch across your pelvis, from your tailbone to pubic bone (back-to-front), and from one sitting bone to the other (side-to-side). Think of it as a trampoline of firm muscle. It is able to move up and down.

What does the pelvic floor do?

The pelvic floor supports your pelvic organs like your bladder, bowel, and uterus. It gives you control over using the bathroom. It is also  important for both orgasm and ejaculation. For people with uteruses, the pelvic floor also provides support for the baby during pregnancy and assists with the birthing process. Finally, the muscles connect to your core, helping you to stabilize your spine and maintain proper posture.

Everyone has a pelvic floor?

Yes, everyone.

Kegels are exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor

You can do them on your own (in fact just reading about that means you probably started to practice!) or use exercisers, like Ben Wa balls or Kegels beads.

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