Each week, The CSPH takes a look at a sexual aid that seems so helpful for some people, that it needs to be highlighted. This week we take a look at LELO’s Laselle Kegel Exercisers (from their LELO Intimina line).
How Does It Work?
LELO’s Laselle Kegel Exercisers are a set of weighted silicone balls, each sold separately, designed to help the wearer exercise and strengthen their kegel muscles (also known as PC muscles, or the muscles found in the pelvic floor). Designed to be inserted into the vagina, a tiny weight within each ball jiggles around as the wearer goes about their daily life, causing the muscles around it to involuntarily contract. The process is painless and effortless, and the benefits are huge: strong kegel muscles can help prevent and/or decrease the chances of incontinence and vaginal prolapse. These exercisers are also popular for use post-pregnancy, although they can still be used by vagina owners who have never delivered vaginally; constant use can help intensify orgasms, and some users may experience orgasmic sensations while wearing the balls.
These kegel balls in particular come in three sizes—28g, 38g, and 48g—each conveniently tinted in increasingly darker shades of pink for easy identification. Users are supposed to “graduate” from the lightest size to the heaviest, depending on how much weight their kegel muscles can initially hold comfortably. LELO also advertises these balls as linkable, which means that individual balls could potentially be linked together in sets to create heavier combinations. Each ball is 36mm in diameter, while the silicone material is flexible and squishable—more than most kegel balls available on the market—and can be compressed slightly to fit easily into the vagina. The balls are attached by a plastic ring to a short braided string, which should just barely peek out of the vagina when inserted, and can be used to remove the exerciser when you’re through.
To insert the balls, some lubrication is usually needed; if applying lube (water-based only! Silicone will destroy it!) to the ball itself is not enough to reduce discomfort, you can try masturbating beforehand to loosen you up and provide further lubrication. Your kegel muscles are the same muscles you squeeze when you want to stop the flow of urine; when you deliberately clench them, you should be able to feel the balls inside you, but just barely.
Kegel balls are really the lazy person’s perfect exercise tool, as you don’t need to think or exert any real physical effort to make them work; all you need to do is walk around. The pliable silicone shell will mold slightly to your internal body shape, creating a fit that is barely noticeable. These balls in particular do not have a particularly noticeable “jiggle,” and experienced kegel ball users may find that they don’t even remember the exerciser is in them.
Important Things to Note:
The LELO exercisers come in a small plastic-coated foil pouch, including one ball, a satin pouch for storage, and an instruction/guidance manual. Within the manual are instructions for how balls can be threaded together for joint usage. Experienced users may want to skip straight to the 48g model, while beginners can follow the recommended graduation.
Unfortunately, despite the general benefits that kegel exercisers can have, and our initial excitement at finding some ostensibly high-quality balls at an affordable price, the design of the balls raises a lot of red flags regarding hygiene and safety. While the balls themselves are made of smooth, body-safe silicone, which can be inserted into the body without a problem, the string they are attached to is a braided, non-silicone string that cannot be easily cleaned or disinfected. Braided strings in all toys are generally regarded as a deal-breaker due to their tendency to harbour bacteria, and although LELO has stated that the cord is antibacterial, we have not yet come across any evidence that such an antibacterial braided cord can exist. Additionally, the cord can discolor and fray over a short period of time, casting further doubt on its ability to be sterilized between uses. There are also visible globs of glue connecting the balls to beads on the cords; it is unclear if this is safe for internal placement. And the silicone shell may be made of good silicone, but the small engraved letters on the side also seem like bacteria traps. Since the toy cannot be boiled, it seems impossible for even the most fastidious germophobe to keep it clean and bacteria-free from home.
At first glance, these kegel balls appear to be an excellent low-priced option, especially for those who may find other brands of kegel balls uncomfortable—the flexible silicone shell is unique and innovative, and they are incredibly easy to wear. However, despite quality assurances, the hygiene issues inherent in the design prevent this from being a long-term recommendable product. If the cord were to be replaced with a truly sterilizable substitute, this would be an excellent toy for both beginning and experienced kegel ball users; as is, we recommend it only as a one-time use toy, which somewhat defeats its purpose and cost-efficiency.
While The CSPH does its best to provide thorough and unbiased product reviews, it should be noted that the information here is not a substitute for medical instruction or advice. The CSPH is not responsible for accidents that may occur from the use of this product. Please contact your medical provider if you have any further questions or concerns.