Remember in Fifty Shades Darker when Christian ‘surprised’ Ana with a gorgeous pair of kegel balls (aka love eggs, aka Ben Wa balls, aka jiggle balls)? There was a teeny moment when she thought they were meant to go in her butt, and she freaked out. But Christian popped them in her vagina and off they went to the masquerade ball. Yeah, that’s what love eggs are all about.
But why would you want to walk around with any kind of vagina vaginal balls
inside you? What’s the benefit? Lovehoney sex expert Annabelle Knight explains everything you need to know…
WHAT IS A LOVE EGG?
Love eggs – or Ben Wa balls, jiggle balls, love balls – are designed to help you locate your pelvic floor muscles, and work them effectively. Also known as Kegel (which is their proper name) are inserted into the vagina – and by holding them in and clenching around them, you’ll target and strengthen the correct muscle groups.
But, as well as giving your internal muscles a good old work out, they also feel really good. They’re also known to increase sexual sensitivity and intensify orgasms.
A good beginner’s set is these Je Joue. They come in three weights and sizes, which means you can work your way up. And most importantly, they come with a retrieval loop (always make sure any kegel balls you buy have this feature so you can get them out easily). It’s also best to avoid any loops made of string – this is a porous material and therefore can’t be cleaned properly. Go for toys with loops made from body-safe materials like silicone.
HOW TO PREPARE BEN WA BALLS
Remove your jiggle balls from the packet and clean them thoroughly with hot, (fragrance-free) soapy water or a spritz of sex toy cleaner. It’s super important to clean your toys thoroughly before and after use. This prevents the spread of harmful bacteria, and transmission of STIs if you’re sharing toys.
HOW TO INSERT LOVE EGGS, BEN WA BALLS, AND KEGEL BALLS
Using lots of water-based lube, gently insert the first ball by pressing it against the opening of the vagina until it slides in. There might be a small length of silicone between the first and second ball, so tuck this inside you and start pressing the second ball against your vaginal opening.
Once the two balls are inside, you can push them in further, until you feel that they’re safe and secure. The removal loop should remain outside the body, like a tampon string.
Your body is automatically trained to hold the balls inside you, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out. However, if you want to remove them at any point, simply pull at the removal loop gently until they slide free. It may be a good idea to re-lubricate the entrance to your vagina before you do.
WHAT TO DO ONCE THE BALLS ARE IN
Wearing love eggs while sitting about really isn’t putting them to great effect. So, you’ll need to move around to get the maximum benefit. The more you move, the more they stimulate, so it’s best to pop them in before you’re most active or will be moving around a lot.