Your Beginner’s Guide to Ben Wa Balls
Dr. Howe says there may be some benefits to using them for people after childbirth or who have suffered other pelvic trauma that has caused their pelvic floor muscles to weaken over time. She says that Ben Wa balls help to give a “focus and directed intention to exercises designed to rebuild that support and strength.” Dr. Sherry also points out that if used correctly, Ben Wa balls can help you avoid symptoms such as stress and urge incontinence caused by childbirth, aging, and obesity.
Are there any risks?
It is possible to go overboard with the Ben Wa balls. Rachel Gelman, DPT, PT at Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco, says overexerting your PC muscles can also cause harm. Gelman says if you do choose to use Ben Wa balls, make sure you also relax your pelvic floor afterward, just like any other workout.
Dr. Sherry compares this to using Ben Wa balls like regular weights at the gym — you can still overdo it and cause temporary strain. However, this is easily avoidable. Dr. Sherry says, overexerting your PC muscles from Ben Wa balls doesn’t happen too often. Going forward, she recommends that “rest[ing] and being less enthusiastic with your pelvic floor workout would be recommended to avoid problems in the future.”