Ben Wa balls are used for foreplay in many parts of the world. However they are known by different names across the world, including the likes of Burmese balls, Geisha balls or Orgasm balls. Although their design might vary slightly, it is basically a set of small hollow balls that are inserted into the vagina for sexual stimulation.
These balls usually contain a small weight to help facilitate the vaginal stimulation. When they are inserted into the vagina, the inner vaginal walls contract around the balls. This gives the person an intense feeling of vibrations, leading to an ecstatic orgasm.
The origin of Ben Wa balls is vague – no one really knows where the first balls were manufactured. Their origin varies according to the geographical location, and is often apocryphal in nature.
However the first Ben Wa Balls are likely to have originated in East Asia around 750 AD. It was first used to increase the strength of lower pelvic muscles in Taoist practices. Spiritual traditions of Tantra and Chinese Taoism have mentioned Ben Wa Balls as a means to explore one’s sexuality.
Types of Ben Wa Balls
The types of Ben Wa Balls can be discussed with respect to the different materials that are used for them. Most modern day balls are either made of stainless steel, glass, silicone or plastic. However, there are certain different types of balls depending on their usage. Let’s take a look:
Duotone Balls: These are hollow plastic balls with additional weight that roll around inside the vagina with body movements, giving immense pleasure to the lady. They are the most common ones and are made especially for beginners.
Kegel Balls: They are mainly made out of silicone and are more rigid than Duotone balls. Although it can be used for sexual pleasure, kegel balls are mainly used to strengthen the inner vaginal muscles.
Vibrating Balls: They are normal Ben Wa balls but have an in-built vibrator inside them for better stimulation.
What are they used for?
There are multiple uses associated with Ben Wa Balls. While primarily used for sexual pleasure, they can also act as good kegel exercisers by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and tightening the inner vaginal walls. This in turn improves sexual libido, and also helps in bladder control.
Some balls come with a string attached to them for easy removal. Beginners should start off with stringed balls and then slowly move on to more advanced types. They are a great teasing tool, as it increases the sexual drive and intensifies the orgasm.