History of Ben Wa Balls
Circa 500 CE: Invention of ben-wa balls. Single balls, usually made from silver, were
mentioned in Asian sex writings from Burma to Japan. Some were solid, others hollow with
clappers that make a ringing sound as they roll around in the vagina (Burmese bells).
What are Ben Wa Balls and how do you use them?
Originally used to increase men’s pleasure during intercourse, ben wa balls eventually became paired, and were used by women to increase the strength of their pelvic floor muscles, the ones involved in orgasm. When these muscles are weak, standing or walking makes the balls fall out of women’s vaginas. But as women’s pelvic floor muscles become stronger, they can hold the balls inside for long periods—and in addition, enjoy more intense orgasms.*
How to Use Ben Wa Balls
Ben Wa Balls come in pairs and can be inserted into the vagina
and held within to exercise and strengthen the pubococcygeus
(PC) muscle, which is the muscle used to interrupt urine flow. Also
known as the “Kegel,” this muscle contracts during orgasm,
providing a great deal of the pleasure during sex. Developing the
ability to hold the balls within the vagina helps women tone their
PCs, enjoy more pleasurable orgasms, and provides other health
Ben Wa Balls cannot get “lost” inside you: they are too large to
pass through the cervix into the uterus, so they remain in the
vagina. If one’s vagina is unusually long, it is possible for one or
both balls to slip out of reach. If this happens, simply stand up, relax the PC muscle, and gravity should draw bring the balls down and out.
Make sure your Ben Wa Balls are clean before insertion. Use our easy and convenient Before & After Toy Cleaner – just spray the cleaner on the balls and rinse well. If you find it difficult to insert the balls, use a lubricant such as our Just Like Me water-based lubricant or Outlasting Silicone lubricant. Ben Wa Balls can be “worn” throughout the day for gentle sexual stimulation. One way to enjoy the sensation Ben Wa Balls provide is for a woman to insert the balls into her vagina, lie on her back, bend her legs and draw her knees up to her chest, and rock back and forth allowing the balls to roll within the vagina. While rocking in this position, the balls can strike each other inside the vagina, adding a sound that adds to some women’s (and men’s) pleasure.
Some couples enjoy intercourse with Ben Wa Balls in the vagina, especially if one (or both) of the balls is exerting firm pressure against the G-spot, which is on the front vaginal wall. Avoid aiming the balls toward the top and back of the vagina, behind the cervix, as the balls’ movement may become inhibited. Proceed carefully: if the penis pushes a ball against the cervix, the woman may experience discomfort. Penile insertion should proceed slowly and with caution when Ben Wa Balls are within the vagina. NEVER insert Ben Wa Balls in the anus.
After use, clean your Ben Wa Balls with our Before & After Toy Cleaner before storing.