Yoni eggs, jade eggs, kegel balls…they have many different names, but at the end of the day most of them are similar in nature. So the real question is: are these things helpful or not? Do you need to be “working out” your vagina with these weighted balls to keep your pelvic floor “healthy”? The truth is….probably not.
What Actually Happens To Your Pelvic Floor Muscles When Using Yoni Eggs
While these eggs claim to improve sexual function, reduce urinary leakage, and “tone” the muscles of your vagina, they can actually have the opposite effect. You see, in order to keep these eggs in, the muscles of the pelvic floor continually have to continually contract. Over time, this can lead to increased pelvic floor tension and an inability to relax those muscles. You might be thinking “a tight vagina, that’s great”, but in truth a tight vagina is not all it’s cracked up to be.
The False Promise of a Tight Vagina
In order to have normal sexual, urinary, and bowel function, the muscles of our pelvic floor need to be able to contract AND relax. Without the ability to relax, these muscles will begin to have difficulty with normal functions. Over time, this can also cause considerable pain.
Signs of Pelvic Floor Muscle Overactivity
- Constipation or pain with bowel movements
- Difficulty initiating the flow of urine, difficulty fully emptying your bladder, and/or urinary leakage
- Pain with intercourse
- Difficulty or inability to become aroused or orgasm
- Low back and/or hip pain
- Tension and pain in the lower abdomen
Risk of Infection
Another downside to consider when using jade eggs is the risk of infection. Many of these yoni eggs are made of porous materials like jade or other stones, and therefore are difficult to keep clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria. Even with washing after each use, bacteria can still become trapped in the porous material, leading to a potentially nasty infection.
How to Properly Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor
“So how then do I strengthen my pelvic floor?” you ask. Well, first I would recommend consulting a pelvic physical therapist to determine if strengthening is even what you need. Remember I mentioned that the muscles of your pelvic floor need to be able to contract AND relax? Relaxation is indeed equally important as strengthening. So, if you are someone who has difficulty relaxing those muscles (even if you are not aware of it), then strengthening may not be appropriate for you.
But don’t worry, a pelvic PT will be able to assess your ability to contract and relax during their exam. If you are in fact someone who would benefit from strengthening, the pelvic PT will be able to provide a personalized strengthening program. In the event that a kegel trainer would be appropriate, several brands are available for purchase. A few of the most frequently recommended products include:
- The Elvie Trainer
- Intimate Rose Kegel Weights
- Pixie Cup Kegel Weights
- The Joyon Kegel Trainer
Again, these are not recommended unless you have been told by a professional that strengthening is what you need. seeing a pelvic PT I absolutely necessary before clicking “add to cart” for any of these items. However, it is helpful to know the available options in the event that you are the appropriate patient for pelvic floor strengthening.
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