Joy ON Kegel Weights 101: Precautions & Warnings
Kegels are an innovative and extremely useful form of pelvic exercise that have many, many benefits. They can tighten and strengthen your pelvic floor, promote relief during postpartum healing, and even help with circulation and blood flow.
While you are capable of doing kegels without added tools, having kegel weights can make the process that much easier. These are great for beginners and pros alike!
However, it’s important to note that there are standard precautions about kegels and weighted kegel balls that should be taken into consideration before you decide to try them out. It’s important to know your limits and, most importantly, talk to your doctor about any pain or discomfort.
Don’t panic! This is all very normal, and very simple. We’re going to go over all of it in this article - what kegels are, precautions you should be taking before doing kegels, health concerns and benefits, and which Joy ON Kegel equipment to use for great results.
Let’s get started with the basics, folks!
What Are Kegels and Kegel Weights?
Kegels are a pelvic exercise that can be done on one’s own, with kegel weights, or with a pelvic trainer. The goal is to strengthen your pelvic floor (the muscles used to stop urine flow and bowel movements) by flexing them alone, or while the kegel weights are inside of you.
Kegel weights (otherwise known as weighted kegel balls) are round weights that, when inserted, help your pelvic floor gain strength while you tighten and release your pelvic muscles.
I personally recommend using the Joy ON kegel weights - they give super-fast results, and make the entire process super quick and easy. You can do them while you do housework, standing, or laying down. Plus, they even come with a calendar app and a complete guide to the do’s and don’ts of kegel exercise!
You can also try the Joy ON pelvic trainer - This is the perfect tool for toning, contracting, and relaxing. It has a bluetooth sensor and comes with its own app to change your preferences and mark your progress.
Benefits of Kegel Exercises
They can promote relaxation in your vaginal muscles.
- Those who suffer from vaginal discomfort or vaginismus may see added benefits from doing kegels daily.
They can promote blood circulation.
- We don’t often think about blood circulation in this area, but it can provide a lot of health benefits.
They can help you build a better fitness routine.
- Using weighted vaginal balls daily not only strengthens an overlooked set of muscles, it can help you build good habits and get you in a better fitness routine altogether.
How Do You Do Kegels?
Doing kegels is quite simple - just follow this handy guide!
- Find your pelvic muscles by flexing. You can do this by flexing the muscles you would use to stop urine flow.
- Practice flexing and releasing these muscles. A good way to go about it is to pretend you’re sitting on something small and round. Imagine picking it up using your pelvic muscles. Do this for 3 seconds at a time, then relax for 3 seconds. The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
- Try to do them daily. The ideal goal is to do kegels or use your kegel weights daily for the best results - doing 3 sets of 10-15 reps per day is the norm.
However - It’s important to note that some people can’t do kegels every day, or should stop if they’re experiencing a lot of discomfort. Which leads us to our next point:
Can Kegel Exercises be Harmful if I’m Using Weights?
This depends on your health and wellness. Before using Joy ON kegel weights, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you experiencing vaginal pain or bleeding unrelated to your menstrual cycle?
- Are you pregnant or have you recently given birth?
- Have you recently had gynecological surgery?
If you said yes to any of these questions, you should consult your doctor before using kegel pelvic exercise weights. You should be cleared for vaginal penetration by your doctor before you use these weights, as you don’t want to further injure your pelvic floor.
After gynecological surgery and/or childbirth, your body needs time for postpartum recovery or pelvic floor recovery before any vaginal penetration can be had. You should wait at least 6 weeks post childbirth or surgery before you use weights, and be sure to speak with your gynecologist or surgeon first, as healing time often varies by patient.
Another danger to look out for is Toxic Shock Syndrome. This is an extremely rare but potential bacterial infection that can be caused by vaginal penetration before you are fully healed from surgery.
Abnormal Reactions to Using Kegel Weights:
- Pain During the Session: You should not be feeling a lot of vaginal discomfort while using kegel weights. Feeling a little uncomfortable initially is okay, but if you start feeling pain while using them, you should consult your physician or gyno for further evaluation.
- Pain After the Session: If you’re feeling pain in your pelvic floor or back after using your kegel pelvic exercise weights, there’s a high probability that you’re doing them incorrectly. Consult your gynecologist to get a better understanding of what you’re doing vs. what might be causing your back or vaginal pain.
- Bleeding (Outside of Your Menstrual Cycle): If you’re bleeding after using kegel weights or while using them, you should consult your physician or gyno immediately. This is not a normal response, and could be an indication of a greater issue within your pelvic floor.
What Happens if You Overdo Kegel Exercises?
You can face multiple health risks by overdoing kegels. If you overdo your kegel exercises (i.e. doing it even more than 3 times a day for 10-15 reps), you run the risk of working your pelvic floor muscles too hard. This can cause these muscles to become exhausted and unable to perform their normal functions, leading to incontinence and other health issues. It can also cause you to feel pain with kegels the next time you do them, so be careful!
Kegels, as mentioned, have a plethora of mental and physical health benefits - but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the necessary health precautions first. It’s important to be informed about our physical health before we try new fitness routines, so I can only hope this blog helps you feel more confident! If you’re ready to go using kegels, check out our website for kegel products, menstrual products, and more!
If you’re looking for more tips, tricks, and guides, be sure to check out our blog - it has all kinds of useful information about the world of kegels, weights, and pelvic trainers.
Here’s to health!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor