When women hear the words “vaginal weightlifting,” they wince. Images of weights hanging from the vagina come to mind. Doesn’t that hurt?
But if you suffer from incontinence or serious pelvic floor dysfunction, lifting weights with the most intimate part of your body can actually help. The process may look painful or uncomfortable, but it’s not. And the benefits make it worth the time and effort.
What Are Vaginal Weights?
The vagina is capable of many things, and that includes lifting weights. The practice is growing in popularity thanks to sex coach Kim Anami.
Vaginal weightlifting is very similar to Kegels. The goal is to lift and squeeze objects to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
It may sound quirky, but if you do it properly, you can actually strengthen your pelvic floor while spicing up your sex life and improving urge
Vaginal Weightlifting Benefits
Why would you even want to lift anything with your vagina? There are many benefits to using vaginal weights.
The practice allows you to train your pelvic floor muscles and improve the blood flow to your vagina. Both of these effects can have a tremendous effect on your sex life.
Benefits of vaginal weights include:
- Intense contractions during climax
- More control during penetration
- Enhanced sexual arousal
- A stronger “grip” during sex, which can enhance your partner’s orgasms
- Increased circulation to the vagina
- Better lubrication production
Lifting weights with your vagina also offers non-sexual benefits, which can include:
- Prevention or treatment of uterine prolapse
- Reduced symptoms of stress urinary incontinence
- Prevention of leakage after childbirth
- Easier childbirth with quicker recovery
Vaginal weightlifting certainly has its benefits, just as Kegels do, but it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting your “lifting” routine.
A Guide To Using Vaginal Weights
There are a few different ways to “lift” things with your vagina. There are specialized cones, jade eggs and there’s also the Kegel egg, like the one offered by Intimate Rose.
The method taught by Kim Anami uses the jade egg, but the Kegel egg may be more your style if you want to keep your lifting habit private.
Let’s look at both methods.
The Jade Egg
With Kim Anami’s jade eggs, which are part of the Yoni Egg Kit, you insert a string through the hole in the egg. The string wraps around the egg, and on the other end, you attach a pouch full of rose quartz stones.
The stones in the pouch add weight to strengthen the vaginal muscles. So, with the string and pouch attached to the egg:
- Insert the egg into the vagina.
- Allow yourself a little time to get comfortable and used to the feeling of the egg.
- Now, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles (the muscles you use to start and stop the flow of urine).
- Imagine lifting the egg up into the vagina.
- Lift and hold the egg for as long as you can, working your way up to 3-4 minutes at a time.
- When complete, remove the egg and clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Eventually, you can add more stones to the pouch, or you can attach the string to other objects for even more strength.
The jade egg method is popular, but it’s cost prohibitive. Intimate Rose’s Kegel egg is more practical, and in my opinion, easier and more private to use.
The Kegel Egg
The process is similar to the jade eggs, but eliminates one step and makes it easier to use in any situation.
Here’s how it works:
- Start with the lowest weight available. It’s better to start with lighter weight and slowly work your way up instead of overdoing it and potentially damage your pelvic floor muscles.
- Insert the egg into your vagina like you would a tampon. The string should remain outside.
- Stand up, and squeeze your pelvic floor muscles to keep the weight in place.
- If the weight is pushed out when squeezing your muscles, try inserting it a little higher so that it sits above the pelvic floor muscles.
- Hold the weight in place for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove the egg.
- Clean the egg according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Once you feel comfortable holding the weight while standing, try squatting or sitting. Gradually work your way up to holding the egg for 15 minutes, twice a day. When you can hold the weight for 15 minutes, you can start increasing the weight and start the process all over again.
A Few Precautions
- For hygienic reasons, never share weights with friends.
- Always check the weights before each session for damage or cracks. Don’t use cracked or damaged eggs, as they may damage the vaginal muscles.
- Never use more than one weight at a time.
- If you experience serious pain, inflammation or infection, stop using the weights and see your doctor.
- If you’re approaching menopause, you may have more pain due to thinning vaginal walls. Using extra water-based lubricant can help.
- Never use silicone-based lubricants, as this can damage the weights.
Don’t be discouraged if it takes some time to increase weight. It can take weeks or months to increase weight. And if you feel like you need a break, take one.
Remember that the pelvic floor muscles are just like any other muscle in the body – they can get sore and tired. Overdoing it can do more harm than good, so start out slowly. Pelvic strength is a marathon – not a sprint.
It can take 1-2 months to really start seeing and feeling the results. If you’re consistent and disciplined with the practice, your vagina will be stronger and tighter at the end of the two months.
Once you’ve reached your desired strength, you can cut back your vaginal workouts to 2-3 times per week. Just like any other muscle, you have to keep working it to maintain your strength. You may not need to do it every day, but a few times a week will help you maintain your results and keep your pelvic floor muscles strong.