The enna pelvic ball is a medical device designed in Spain to strengthen the pelvic floor. By moving while using the pelvic ball, the diamond-shaped inner sphere produces vibrations which cause our muscles to contract involuntarily. Our muscles therefore work to strengthen the pelvic floor without even realising it.
The pelvic floor is composed of muscles and ligaments, and its function is to support the organs of the bladder, uterus and intestines (urinary, reproductive and digestive systems), prevent urinary incontinence and improve sexual and reproductive functions.
What problems does a weak pelvic floor cause?
The most well-known consequence of a weak pelvic floor is urinary incontinence. This condition involves the loss of bladder control and as a result, not being able to prevent the loss of urine. There are two types of urinary incontinence, urge incontinence and stress incontinence, although it is not uncommon for people to suffer both at the same time. Due to the various stages of female reproduction, such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause, this condition is more common in women than in men.
On the other hand, having a weak pelvic floor can also result in prolapses, in other words, when intra-abdominal organs such as the bladder or the uterus slip down from their normal position. This may also have an effect on our sexual and reproductive lives, making sex with penetration painful or causing anorgasmia.
How is the pelvic ball used?
Continual use of the pelvic ball together with pelvic floor exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor. The enna vaginal sphere is designed for women who do high-impact sport (e.g., any sport which involves running or jumping), who are in the postpartum period (or are planning on becoming pregnant and want to strengthen their pelvic floor) and women who are experiencing menopause.
It is important to use the pelvic ball gradually because depending on the condition of the pelvic floor, it is not advisable to subject it to a large force. In the same way that we wouldn’t start out running one hour a day, we shouldn’t do this with the use of this vaginal sphere.
First of all, we recommend seeing a physiotherapist who specializes in the pelvic floor to rule out any conditions and so they can examine your pelvic floor. From then on, it you should start to use it gradually. Starting with 5 minutes each day and increasing this until you are using the sphere for an average of 20 or 30 minutes a day and never more than an hour. You might not notice inner vibration in the first few days, but as you keep working on the area, this vibration will increase. It is important to move while using the sphere: you could go for a walk, go shopping, do some housework or even do some pelvic floor exercises in order for it to be effective.
Vibration is produced by its irregular diamond-shaped inner sphere when it collides with the inner walls of the pelvic ball. This causes the muscles to involuntarily react and the circulation of the blood, muscle tone and lubrication to increase.
Are enna pelvic balls the same as kegel balls?
No. The pelvic ball is a unique oval sphere which is easy to insert into the vagina. There is another sphere inside which is shaped like an irregular diamond and this collides with the walls to produce vibration, therefore activating muscle contraction. It has no sexual connotation and its function is to strengthen the pelvic floor. Kegel balls, however, are designed so that their spheres work based on volume and weight rather than vibrations. Physiotherapists specialising in the pelvic floor indicate that the most important factor in a pelvic floor exerciser is not the size or weight, but the vibrations it produces. The enna pelvic ball is therefore a great deal more effective in strengthening the pelvic floor than kegel balls, and even more so when combined with pelvic floor exercises.