Your mom may have given you The Talk about your monthlies and boys, but did she tell you about the importance of a strong pelvic floor? We didn’t think so. And that’s a huge bummer, because incontinence, or unintentional leakage when you sneeze, cough, laugh or exercise, is surprisingly more common than you’d realise. According to Dr Paul Kruger, urogynaecology expert, around 10 to 15% of young women suffer from it. And the prevalence goes up with mothers: childbirth could intensify incontinence and in some cases, lead to prolapse. Plus, having a strong pelvic floor means orgasms are stronger. Score!
But there’s hope! Kegel exercises, which tone the muscles in the vagina responsible for maintaining a good pelvic floor (and stronger orgasms) can help. And since most of us are doing kegels all wrong, tools are your best bet in making sure you’re getting it right. Here, our top picks.
Luna Vagina Balls
Essentially, these are a set of weighted balls. Insert them and wear them – your pelvic floor has to work to keep them inserted. The balls also come in cases, so you can mix and match weights as your floor gets stronger. R911, at PassionFruit.co.za
Miu Miu Kegel Exerciser
This guy works the same as the Luna vagina balls, but doubles as a toy and comes with a remote control, making for fun partner playtime. It’s also got a vibrating component that’s whisper-quiet. R1,145, Matildas.co.za
Still a training mechanism for the vaginal wall, but these tiny eggs are made from crystals – said to promote healing energies in the heart and attract love. Each set comes with three different-sized balls, from light to heaviest. R 1,420, Matildas.co.za
Elvie Kegel Trainer
Elvie is an egg-shaped trainer, meant to be used in conjunction with the app. Simply insert the tool, leaving the tail end out, while the egg vibrates and measures your pelvic floor’s muscle contractions. R5,299, Desir.co.za
Candy Kegel Trainer
Much like Evie, but different. This tool is shaped like a ball, and comes with a UV sterilization case. There’s also an app that connects to Candy, with a variety of exercises to choose from. R2099, Desir.co.za