The Svakom website advertises the Nova balls as part of an exercise course to strengthen the kegel — or pubococcygeus (PC) — muscles. Specifically, Svakom claims that the Nova balls are designed to help strengthen kegel muscles postpartum (though they can be used at any point, not just after giving birth).
The Nova balls are available in several colors, are completely waterproof, and are covered in soft, silky 100% silicone. The silicone on them is completely seamless, making them even less likely to retain bacteria. We recommend using some water-based lube — a lot or a little — when inserting the Nova balls, as silicone lubes may degrade the silicone coating of the balls over time, so.
In the instructions, Svakom recommends using the Nova balls for 30 minutes a day for 30 days before upgrading to the next size. The first set only has one weighted ball inside, weighing 49g, the next second and third sizes contain two weighted balls and weigh 75g and 95g, respectively. The second one is bigger than the third, but lighter.
The Svakom website advises not to use the Nova balls if you have pelvic inflammatory disease, vaginitis, vulvitis, if you’re on your period, or pregnant. It’s also not advisable to use them for 30 days following childbirth or a surgical abortion, as these factors create a higher risk for infection. It’s important to note that these kegel balls are 100% body safe, and therefore highly unlikely to retain bacteria. We recommend consulting a doctor or midwife regarding whether or not it’s safe for you to use insertable sexual aids while pregnant. Since these don’t have a flared base (aka a flange), it’s also not safe to use them anally.
An important note: this reviewer has never given birth, which may affect your experience. All sizes contained within the set were comfortable for insertion and wear; the silky-smooth texture of the silicone contributed to this comfort greatly.
The first, lightest ball in the set doesn’t feel like much of anything — maybe ever-so slightly more conspicuous than a tampon — and it’s easy to forget that you have it in. The second set, while notably larger than the first, is very easy to insert with a little bit of lube. Once it’s in, though, it doesn’t feel much different from the first. The third set — the heaviest of the three — was noticeable, especially after walking around for a while. We will stress that it still wasn’t uncomfortable, but our reviewer could definitely tell it was there.
In order to most comfortably remove the Nova balls, we recommend either squatting and gently pulling the string, or laying back and relaxing your muscles. We also recommend always removing the Nova balls while exhaling rather than inhaling.
The Nova balls can be easily washed with gentle soap and warm water. They can also be boiled or thrown in the dishwasher (on the “sanitize” setting) if the user so desires.
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.