Kegel muscles are also known as the pelvic floor muscles, and they are the muscles that you use when you initiate or stop the flow of urine – this is the most simple description of what the kegel muscles are designed for, though they regulate several other functions in the body, and they are one of the factors that determine the strength of orgasm.
A lot of people don’t think of kegel muscles as a muscle group at all, and most people don’t realize that the kegel muscles are meant to be exercised – just like any other part of the body that’s made of muscle, such as the calves, biceps or the heart.
The truth is that the kegel muscles control the small intestine, the rectum and the bladder too. Just like any other part of the body, you have to put some effort into keeping them healthy as time goes on – and to stop the muscle function declining later on in your life. Just how do you exercise your kegel muscles?
Kegel balls (also called ben-wa balls or lotus balls, among the many other names for them) are one of the ways, but you can also make use of kegel weights.
Why Use Kegel Weights
You should use kegel weights because you want to prepare for this decline of muscle function ahead of time to achieve the best results. Simply, if you take care of your body now, then your body will be able to take care of you better later.
You should also use kegel weights because they can strengthen the intensity of your orgasms, even if you don’t think you need it.
Sometimes, kegel weights may be recommended by your doctor or healthcare practitioner to aid in your body’s recovery after you have had children or undergone surgery.
How to Use Vaginal Weights
If you’ve never seen a set of kegel weights before then they can be a little confusing – and you might have no idea what you’re looking at. There are different types of kegel weights, though most forms look the same.
Kegel weights are meant to be inserted into the vagina, and kept there for a certain amount of time through controlling your muscle contractions – which leads to an increase in muscle function and strength over time.
The first thing that you’ll notice about kegel weights is the fact that they come in different weights – from the lightest to the heaviest. It’s recommended that you start out with the lightest form of kegel weight that you can find and then work your way up – anything else could do more harm to your health than good.
Many times, kegel weights are available for sale in a set of several, and you don’t need to buy several types of kegel weights separately – though you can, if you don’t want to spend the money on a set just yet.
Just a few minutes of this a day can improve your overall vaginal health. Kegel weights can also be used for sexual pleasure, and aren’t just for your morning, afternoon or evening exercise routine.
What Kegels Do
By this point in the article, you should know that kegel muscles control the strength of orgasm – and they are directly related to how strong your kegel muscles are able to contract. This is one of the main functions of the kegel muscles, and the main reason why most people decide that they need to exercise their kegel muscles and take better care of their health.
But it’s not all that your kegel muscles are in charge of. Your pelvic floor muscles also control other functions in your body, including the performance of the small intestine and the anus – and this should be enough reason to want to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong as you get older.
As you age, your muscle function will decline – and how fast and intensive this muscle decline is, is something that’s entirely up to you. There are certain disorders that can cause a faster decline in muscle function, including any connective tissue disorders, but even for most of these disorders: Exercise helps, and is often recommended to slow down the decline of muscle function that will inevitably happen to everyone over time.
Avoiding issues like anorgasmia and incontinence can be attributed to your pelvic floor muscles, so wouldn’t it be much better to start taking care of them now?
Keeping Kegel Healthy
First, a healthy diet will help promote muscle growth and strength – up your diet with things high in protein if you are trying to do this. You might want to see a diet specialist if you are in need of some more specialized help when it comes to your health.
You should also remember to exercise other parts of your body at the same time; if you’re hoping to promote flexibility and improve your sex life at the same time, then yoga is an excellent way to compliment kegel exercise.
Kegel weights aren’t the only way you have to exercise your vagina and your pelvic floor muscles – they just happen to be one of the best ways around. You can and should use them in combination with other kegel tools – and at the very least in combination with kegel exercises, combined with a general healthy exercise routine and diet for the best results.
For your basic kegel exercise, you should expand and contract your kegel muscles rapidly – in a one-two, one-two rhythm; another spin on this exercise method is instead contracting the kegel muscles and then holding for a few counts before releasing and repeating the routine. Both work, and both are effective for promoting muscle strength for the kegel muscle groups.
It’s one of the easiest forms of exercise. You can do it anywhere, and you won’t break a sweat while you’re doing it – to tell the complete truth, kegel exercises are one of the only forms of exercise that nobody has to know you’re doing. You can do kegel exercises while you’re busy doing yoga, or you can do kegel exercises while you’re reading this.
That’s easy enough, right? And you’ll feel the improvement in your muscle strength and health in the first week.
Explaining Vaginal Weights
If you find that you would like an introduction to kegel weights instead, then you might want to practice with kegel balls (also called ben-wa or lotus balls) first to see if you manage before you work your way up to a full set of kegel weights.
You’ll also notice that kegel balls can be bought in varying weight degrees, going from lightest to heaviest, or they can be bought in a set of several – for people who want to work their way up to a higher degree, it’s best to go ahead and buy the entire set: It’s just cheaper that way, and it’s easier than having to mix-and-match brands of vaginal weights over time.
It’s recommended that you use kegel weights with some form of personal lubricant to make the process of inserting and removing the weight considerably easier – and you’ll usually find the lubricant for sale from the same source where you bought the weights.
They’re pretty easy to use – and if you find that the heaviest weight is too much for you too handle, then you don’t have to worry that you are somehow “doing it wrong”, all you have to do is give it some time – and exercise a little more frequently.
Types of Kegel Weights
Some types of kegel weights are more advanced, and heavier – this is for more advanced practitioners who have already worked their way through the sets and want to do more. Yes, there’s even a world record for the heaviest weight that’s ever been supported by the kegel muscles – but you (hopefully) don’t have to work your way up to be a record holder: Most people just do it to be healthier.
Buying Kegel Weights
You’ll find kegel weights for sale at most online adult-interest stores – but many times, you can also find kegel weights for sale at your nearest drug store, just look for the reproductive health aisle or ask for it. Most people find it easier to buy kegel weights online – because that’s the easiest, and a lot of people find it less embarrassing to click around for kegel weights then to have to go ask someone where they can find weights for their vagina.
The majority of online retailers know this too, and your kegel weights will be sent to you in nondescript packaging that doesn’t betray the contents – you don’t have to worry about anything awkward happening with the UPS staff. In most cases, your credit card charges will also say something like “health products” instead of “sex toys” or “vaginal weights”, though you might want to check this with the individual store before you order if privacy is a huge concern (for example, if you are having your order delivered to your workplace).
Choose an online retailer that comes recommended for your first purchase – it’s easy enough to look up reviews to see what other customers have experienced in terms of product quality and, when needed, returns.
How Not to Use them
This article was meant to teach you all about kegel weights and how you should use them – you should know more about them by the end of this article, and you might even be inspired to put in an order for your own set of kegel weights immediately – or to buy them for your partner. But we also have to include a section in this article that’s all about how not to use kegel weights – just in case.
We’ve already said that you should ideally start with the lightest form of weight in your set, and there’s very good reason for this: If you over-exercise, then you take the risk of straining your muscles and doing the opposite of what you’re trying to – just like with any other form of exercise.
Don’t go right for the heaviest weight in the set: Go slowly, and take things easy.
You can use kegel weights if you have prolapses or hernias, but again: You will want to pace yourself while you do this, and if it’s a recent injury then you might want to make an appointment with your doctor and ask them about how you should approach your recovery – sometimes, they can even make a recommendation for a preferred and tested brand of kegel weights.