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The biggest problem many women face is choosing the right Kegel balls.
This information helps you know how to choose the right Kegel ball to help you get the most our of your strengthening and what to avoid.
Which Kegel ball to choose?
Read on now to find out:
- How to choose the right size Kegel ball
- How to know your starting weight
- How to choose the best Kegel ball design
- When not to use Kegel Balls
Plus a grab a copy of our handy Kegel Ball user checklist below.
Kegel balls can help women feel their Kegel exercises and progressively strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.
They are available in a wide range of different styles, sizes, colours, materials and weights.
Choosing the right pelvic exerciser depends on your body and your exercise needs. Kegel ball exercisers can help you strengthen and restore your pelvic floor and motivate your regular exercises.
Choosing the Right Size Kegel Ball
Kegel balls are available in a range of different sizes with some balls better sized to suit some women more than others.
It’s important to make sure that the ball you choose feels comfortable and stays in place when standing for upright Kegel exercises.
Kegel balls tend to stay in position more readily than narrow cone pelvic exercisers, making them well suited to women who have had previous vaginal delivery.
Knowing your Internal Size
As a general guide, knowing your internal size is usually indicated by:
a. Preferred tampon size – small, medium or large
b. Previous Caesarean section delivery/ deliveries only – usually small/medium internal size
c. Snug fit 2 fingers side-by-side within the vagina – medium internal size
d. Greater than 2 finger space vaginal diameter – medium to large internal size
e. Previous vaginal delivery – medium/large internal size
f. Small tampons slip out of position – medium/large internal size
Kegel balls best suited to small internal size:
- Luna Beads Mini (29 mm diameter)
Kegel balls for medium to large internal size:
Knowing your Starting Weight
Kegel balls are available in different weights and this usually varies from one manufacturer to the next.
Ideally start with the smallest weight that you can comfortably lift and squeeze using your pelvic floor muscles for a number of repetitions.
Some Kegel balls are made available in sets of balls that include a range of progressively weighted balls well suited to progressing kegel exercises. This feature allows you to start with the most appropriate weighted ball and progress to a heavier weighted ball as desired (e.g. Luna Beads Mini, Luna Beads Classic).
If your pelvic floor muscles are weak
If your pelvic floor is weak select a light weight starting option:
- Luna Beads Mini (weight range 28- 78 g)
- Luna Beads Classic (weight range 28-78 g)
- Smartballs Uno (42 g)
- Nalone Yani (weight range 30-140 g)
To progress pelvic floor strengthening
If you are seeking to progress your strengthening over time, ideally select a set of Kegel balls that allow you to progress through to heavier weighted balls:
- Luna Beads Classic (28-78 g)
- Smart balls 42 g (single ball design) and 42 g (2 ball design)
- Nalone Yani (weight range 30-140 g)
Selecting the Best Kegel Ball Design
Kegel Balls are available in two basic designs – single ball and two balls molded or held together with a harness.
Single Kegel ball design:
- Lightest weight
- Suited to small internal size
- Ideal for beginners
Two ball design:
- Medium to heavy weight
- Suited to medium/large internal size
- Suited to women seeking to progress Kegels
How to Know your Kegel Balls are Safe?
Kegel balls can’t become lost inside your body; the top of the vagina is closed off by the cervix or sealed if you’ve had a hysterectomy.
Many Kegel balls have a cord or lead attached for ease of removal.
Consider the following when choosing your Kegel balls to ensure the safety of your pelvic exerciser:
- Quality – poor quality exercisers erode quickly and these are typically the cheap imitation Kegel balls.
- Materials – quality Kegel balls are manufactured using body safe PC ABS/silicone and are Phthalate free. Phthalates are substances sometimes used to soften and increase the durability of plastics. When poor quality pelvic exercisers containing phthalates erode, the release of phthalates accelerates. Health concerns over the use of phthalates are leading to them being phased out of use in some countries. We only stock phthalate free Kegel balls.
- Cleaning – Kegel balls and exercisers with smooth non porous surfaces allow for thorough cleaning. ABS plastics can be boiled and therefore sterilized. Exercise balls with deep ridges and grooves may be difficult to clean thoroughly.
- Guarantee – product and materials guarantee can provide you with additional assurance regarding the quality and safety of your exerciser.
- Lubricant choice is also important since petroleum or silicone-based lubricants can erode the surfaces of come plastics. Water-based lubricants are the most appropriate for use with pelvic exercisers as they will not erode the surfaces and are safer for internal body tissues.
- Safety approval – choosing a ball that has met FDA approval can assure you of the safety of your products.
Kegel Ball User Checklist
Consider the following when choosing the best Kegel ball for your needs:
- Correct size ball
- Kegel ball weight appropriate for current pelvic floor strength
- Ability to add additional weight for extra challenge
- Quality material and manufacture
- Safe materials (free of phthalates)
- Easily cleaned and hygienic
- Kegel Ball set includes heavier balls for progression of strengthening
Choosing the right Kegel balls to meet your needs means matching your size and internal strength to the most appropriate exerciser.
This guide has been designed to help you know which Kegel balls are most appropriate for your body and your strengthening needs.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
Please read our disclaimer regarding this information. This information is provided for general information only and should in no way be considered as a substitute for medical advice or information about your particular condition.
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