This has been a growing subject here in Australia and New Zealand, as more and more women understand the importance of these balls. But what are Chinese balls? What are the real benefits of using them? During my career, I have discussed this subject on multiple occasions with my clients as the usage can have significant benefits for women. Here we share with you a definite guide to Chinese balls and teach about the many positive effects they can have on us women. We will explain how to use them, what they are for, what position is best for using them, recommended time, different types and how they help us to strengthen our pelvic floor and vaginal muscles, which, consequently, increases the intensity of our orgasms and helps us fight urinary incontinence that can sometimes take us by surprise when sneezing or during spontaneous laughter. Chinese balls are, in fact, an extremely important for our sexual health and general wellbeing.
What are Chinese balls?
Chinese balls are two balls connected by a cord, although there also exists a version with a single ball for beginners, younger girls, or for particular cases such as women with uterine descent/prolapse. The balls are always attached to an extraction cord which should always lie outside of the vagina. The Chinese balls are placed inside the vagina and strengthen the pelvic floor muscle that needs toning and to be strong since its most important functions to support the vagina, bladder, and rectum.
What is the mechanism of Chinese balls?
This point is very important to understand their benefits. The Chinese balls contain in turn small balls, a single ball inside which rotational movements are activated by our own body movements and cause small vibrations. The vaginal muscles are small and easy to work and with these small vibrations, which do not involve any effort, we can manage to improve muscle strength in a surprising way. This muscle toning workout helps prevent urinary incontinence and helps improve the sensitivity and intensity of orgasms just soon after you start training.
What are the physical characteristics of Chinese balls?
Average diameter of Chinese balls is around 3.3 cm and they weigh between 30 and 50 g, although they exist heavier. Keep in mind that the smaller the ball, the more difficult it can be to hold it inside if you are a woman with much natural lubrication, and the larger the size the easier it is to hold and feel its vibrations in our vaginal walls. The best way to start is to get yourself a kit, such as this one from Room Privée, with three different sizes that allow you to gradually increase the size and weight you work with, and then slowly progress. The Chinese balls are usually made of medical silicone and/or ABS, a hypoallergenic material, super hygienic, easy to clean, and ultra-smooth texture for comfortable insertion and extraction.
How do you insert Chinese balls?
It’s very simple. Relax, and then in the same way you insert a tampon, you slowly insert the first ball, and then the second one inside your vagina by pushing your finger up and letting the extraction cord hanging outside your vaginal opening. To make it even more comfortable, you can add a little bit of water-based lubricant, but never silicone-lubricant because that will actually ruin the silicone in the Chinese balls as it breaks down the surface and makes them gummy and gross.
In what position should I wear them and what should I do?
The important thing is walk around with them, move. Chinese balls are effective when the small ball balls inside move and vibrate. Nevertheless, we recommend you do it at home to start with to get used to the sensation and gradually gain comfort and confidence. Stand upright, because of the weight of the balls you will feel like they’re always trying to slip out, which makes our vaginal muscles contract automatically (spontaneously) to keep them inside of us in a natural and almost unconscious way. As you get stronger, you can wear them on different occasions, such as when you go out for shopping, walking around, while you shower, etc. The only thing that is not recommended is to wear them while doing intense training, such as weightlifting, CrossFit, running, Zumba, etc.
When do Chinese balls become necessary?
Always! The consequences of gravity and aging combined with the weight of the urine can lead to urine loss and progressive deterioration of the pelvic floor if not exercised. Just as we are used to take care of our bodies by regularly hitting the gym, eating healthy food, and taking care of the skin as we age, it’s important not to forget our sexual and intimate life.
It is highly recommended though, to use Chinese balls after pregnancy. For nine long months the vaginal walls have been supporting the foetus, an extra weight that has weakened them. If the birth was natural, they have suffered more since the vagina has dilated and needs to recover. There are many women who begin to suffer urinary incontinence after childbirth. Fortunately, more and more gynaecologists recommend them to accelerate the recovery process. However, it's not recommended to use them during pregnancy, because during pregnancy you want to increase elasticity of the vaginal walls not tighten them further.
How long should I wear the Chinese balls?
The first weeks it’s enough to wear them for 15 to 30 minutes, for three to five days a week, and as you get stronger it’s recommended you gradually increase the time, and even go up to 60 minutes. It is not advisable to do more, as you don’t want to over-train. Think about this as any other workout routine in the gym, where you train for about an hour and then allow your muscles to recover with rest days in-between. In fact, you should treat Chinese balls the same way. There’s a muscle there and we want it toned!
When will I start feeling the benefits?
As with any other training routine, if you train with consistency you will see that in less than a month you will begin to feel the results; a feeling of greater strength of the pelvic area, greater control of the vaginal muscles (ideal to avoid those annoying losses of urine during sneezing or intense laughter), and an exceptional increase in sensitivity and pleasure during sex.
Why does the sensitivity of orgasms increase when I train with Chinese balls?
An orgasm of medium intensity contains between 3 and 5 contractions per minute, and an intense orgasm generates between 10 and 15 contractions per minute of the pelvic muscle. Training regularly with Chinese balls will increase the involuntary contractions of the pelvic muscles that will also intensify during sex.
Will my partner notice the benefits of my Chinese balls training?
Absolutely! I.e. if your partner is male. By training the pelvic muscles, more muscle control is acquired, and more pressure can be applied to the penis during sexual intercourse, thus increasing the pleasure for both. In fact, the origin of the Chinese balls was (as the name indicates) in the Far East where women trained so they could satisfy their men more with the internal movements of their vagina. From there comes the name Geisha balls, it’s oriental name.
How should I clean and store my Chinese balls?
You simply clean them with water and good hand-soap after use and air-dry them or use clean towel. For storage you should keep them in a cloth bag or its original box (tip: I keep mine in a sock 😊). Remember, that over time it’s smart to try new types of Chinese balls in the same way you would try new machines in the gym. It will surely continue to help you live healthier and more sexually satisfying life.
May your coffee and pelvic floor both be strong!