Right now I’m betting that quite a few of you out there are thinking “What the heck are Ben Wah balls? Isn’t that a song from the 90’s by Blink 182?” Well yes, it was, but ben wah balls are more than a punk rock song. Ben wah balls are basically like dumbells for your vagina. You insert the balls into your vagina and wear them for an extended period of time, using your pelvic floor muscles to keep them in place. This is supposed to strengthen your kegels, which can lead to stronger orgasms and greater muscle control. Being the curious little bean I am, I had to snag a set of ben wah balls to try for myself.
I picked up the Doc Johnson Black Rose Blooming Ben Wah Balls on sale quite some time ago. I’ve had them for about a year now, and I’ve tried them a great number of times. And I have to come right out and tell you that I don’t like them very much.
Let me begin by pointing out a couple of features that I do like about these ben wah balls. Firstly, they’re silicone, which is my preferred material for sex toys. It’s body safe, it non-porous, it’s really easy to clean and it feels great. The silicone on these ben wah balls feels velvety and smooth, which is awesome for such an inexpensive toy.
That’s the second thing I like about these ben wah balls. They aren’t super pricey. I picked mine up for about $14, and generally they retail for around $27. This is a good price for a toy that you’re just trying out because if you don’t wind up loving it you haven’t blown a lot of cash. And ben wah balls are pretty basic, and not generally something that I’d want to spend a lot on.
The Doc Johnson Ben Wah Balls are very simple. They are just two weighted balls each about the size of a marble. They only come in one colour: black. They arrive packaged in a little velvet pouch.
They are also impossible to keep inside me.
Let me be frank. I used these things a lot. Like, a whole lot. The first few times I lamented that my kegels must be as slack as a deflated balloon, as the darn things kept slipping out. I tried inserting them further, I tried squeezing my kegel muscles when I felt them slipping, but nothing worked. It was only after trying another set of duoballs that I realised that the problem wasn’t my vagina…it was these darn balls.
I think the issue is the size-to-weight ratio of these ben wah balls. They are quite heavy, so when you insert them and then stand up, gravity takes hold and they start moving floor-wards. The small size means that your vaginal muscles don’t have much surface area to grip onto, so they slip out really easily. To work more effectively, I think the balls would have to be a bit larger so that your kegels could actually hold them in place or a little lighter so they don’t slip so easily.
Now, I know that there are other uses for ben wah balls besides improving your pelvic floor strength. For example, if you’re into BDsM (as I am), ben wah balls can be a very fun tool. If you’re a submissive with a vagina, it can be titillating to have your dominant order you to wear ben wah balls for an extended period of time. Even more so if you are required to wear them while running errands or out on a date. As fun as that can be, the Black Rose Ben Wah Balls aren’t ideal for this purpose. They just slip out far too easily for me to be confident wearing them outside the house. For around-the-house play they could work, particularly if you like humiliation as these are really difficult to keep in place.
These ben wah balls can also work nicely if worn during sex in certain situations. If you are having penis-in-vagina sex with a partner who is not well endowed, popping one or both of these into your pussy first will give you that full-up feeling, as well as being very stimulating for your partner. They also work nicely for providing extra stimulation during strap-on sex or fingering.
Overall, I’m not terribly impressed with the Doc Johnson Black Rose Blooming Ben Wah balls. They just didn’t work well for my body, and I’ve found a number of better sets of ben wah balls and duo balls. On the plus side, they are well made and inexpensive, but they just don’t perform as well as I’d hoped.