The muscles of your pelvic floor, which includes vaginal and urinary tract muscles, are muscles that can be toned like any other! Pelvic floor exercises, or Kegel exercises as they are more popularly known as, can be strengthened to not only give you stronger pleasure during sex but to improve sensations for your partner as well, as stronger vaginal muscles can clench firmer.
If that’s not enough of a winning sell, Kegel exercises also improve urinary incontinence, which can be the effect of childbirth, ageing, being overweight, or abdominal surgery. Gynaecologists will also recommend Kegel exercises to pregnant women to help the pelvic floor withstand the strain and stress of childbirth.
If stronger orgasms for both you and your partner sound enticing enough, then let’s tell you a bit more about them! So you can make an informed decision about what exercise route is right for you.
Pelvic floor exercises can be as simple as clenching and pulsing your vaginal muscles and lifting your pelvic floor during the day for as long as you can. This requires no equipment, and it’s discreet, so you don’t have to take time out of your day to do them.
But if you want to strength train your vaginal muscles further, we would recommend the use of Kegel balls to assist you in training, which can be just as discreet with excellent results!
Kegel balls will often come in a set of weights, from light to heavy, with cords on all of them to ensure easy retrieval. When purchasing a kegel make sure it’s made out of 100% body safe silicone or ABS plastic, guaranteeing it’s non-porous and non-toxic.
To use a Kegel ball, you insert the ball into your vagina, inserting it enough that when you tense your vaginal muscles and lift your pelvic floor your muscles hold the ball up inside you. This stops the ball from slipping out of you, and your muscles strengthen as they tense. Kegel balls will come in various sizes and weights, with light weights for beginners, then heavier weights for experts.
But, it’s crucial to be mindful when it comes to Kegel ball exercises. The most important thing when it comes to Kegel ball exercises is: know your limits.
Overworking your vaginal and pelvic floor muscles can be painful, and ultimately counterproductive! Excessive use or using balls that are too heavy for you can result in vaginal pain, and worse, pain during sex! So please, if you’re a beginner, don’t grab the heaviest Kegel you can find. Use the lighter weights and work up the strength of your muscles until you can hold the lightweights with ease. Then you can move on to heavier weights.
As for duration, allocate time in your day for kegel exercises. While weightless exercises can be done any time, anywhere, for as long as you like, a weighted Kegel ball can put strain on your pelvic floor. We recommend 15 minutes per day, don’t go much more than that.
The next thing we’d like to shed some light on is the topic of Yoni eggs. Widely popular amongst women, we’d like to express due caution when it comes to the use of these eggs.
If you already use a Yoni egg, you’re probably wondering why we’d say this. We’ll get straight to the point. Yoni eggs are made of crystal, and crystals are porous!
Even polished, glazed Yoni eggs are porous, and some crystals are toxic to boot. We wouldn’t recommend anyone put anything porous inside their vagina, no matter how pretty or natural they may be.
While spiritualists believe crystals bring balance and alignment, and that their energies bring you health and harmony, we dare to say this isn’t grounded in science. We won’t discourage anyways beliefs, but we can confirm from the proven fact that crystals are porous.
The porous material takes in bacteria, and by continuously reintroducing those toxins to your body, it can send you into toxic shock syndrome. There’s nothing more terrifying than that.
Many Yoni eggs don’t come corded, and you should never use something vaginally that cannot be retrieved by a cord. It can change position inside you or drift too high and become stuck, requiring a trip to the hospital for removal. But, on the flip side, Yoni eggs with cords have holes drilled into them, with fabric cords. The hole and cord will certainly retain harmful bacterias.
While we wouldn’t recommend Yoni eggs, we know some of you will still use them anyway. If this is the case, please read our list below of crystals that are toxic, as well as crystals that rust or dissolve. We have also listed some comparatively safer eggs to be used with caution.
- Fluorite – contains fluorine and other toxic chemicals
- Angelite – contains lead
- Turquoise – contains copper
- Chalcopyrite – contains sulphur
- Serpentine – creates asbestos in its fibrous form
- Chrysocolla – contains copper
- Galena – contains lead
- Labradorite – contains aluminum
- Tiger’s Eye – Contains asbestos fibers that can break off
- Orpiment – contains arsenic
- Lapis Lazuli – contains copper, sulphur
- Lazurite – contains sulphur
- Malachite – contains copper.
- Rhodochrosite – contains lead
- Any dyed crystal – Some dyes are toxic
- Selenite – When dissolved, this crystal is toxic to the body
- Sodalite – contains aluminium
- Sunstone – contains aluminium
- Any cracked or chipped eggs or eggs with unpolished imperfections.
- Calcite – will dissolve over time
- Chalcedony – This crystal is highly porous and will carry bacteria
- Hematite (and other metallic crystals) – This crystal oxidizes with moisture and is prone to rust
- Pyrite – This crystal can convert to sulfuric acid
- Rutilated Quartz – The fibres of this crystal could be rough or break off. This crystal can also carry bacteria
- Selenite – This crystal will dissolve in moisture and is easily broken
- Tourmalinated Quartz – This crystal can be rough and harbour bacteria
This is already quite an extensive list, and that’s likely not all the toxic crystals out there. But, we can confirm that these eggs are safer for vaginal use.
Non-toxic Crystal Eggs:
- Most Jaspers
- Natural Quartz
- Rose Quartz
We hope this article has been enlightening, and if you’re looking to try some Kegel exercises we encourage you to shop our range of Kegel balls. Remember to always do your research, and consult your doctor before taking on any new exercise routine.