My love affair with kegel exercisers is undying. Popping a kegel ball/egg inside me is one of the first things I do when I wake up. The only time I don’t is when I’m having a period, but only because I use a cup.
When I was sent the Nomi Tang IntiMate Kegel Ball Set for review, I was instantly impressed with the packaging. It isn’t particularly flashy or posh, which I usually love, but it does have a clean and classical appeal. Inside of a glossy, understated sleeve is a solid white box. Subtly branded, magnetically fastening and lined with grey satin, it’s a perfect long term storage solution.
Nestled in that grey satin bed are two silicone kegel exercisers; a single and a double. Both are made from pinky-purple silicone that feels a bit strange to the touch. It’s kinda greasy, to the point where I felt the need to do a flame test. It passed with flying colours. The weirdness goes away after every wash, but it comes back by the next use. Other than that, the silicone is quite nice, if a little draggy.
The retrieval cords, however, didn’t pass the test. That’s my bad, though, cos the info clearly states that there’s ABS involved. I was naïve and thought that was in reference to the internal components and the little Nomi Tang disc at the base of each ball, but I now know that the cords are plastic too.
The IntiMate set is aimed at those new to kegel exercise, but the instructions are a little confusing. In general, you’ll find that larger, lighter balls are aimed at absolute beginners, women over 30, or those who have experienced childbirth. Heavier, smaller balls are for women under 30, women who have never given birth, or those with intermediate kegelling experience.
However, in the IntiMate user guide it’s the other way around. This makes no sense to me. Small and weighty is gonna be awkward to hold onto for women who have aged or stretched muscles. The booklet does say the heavier ball is meant for those with some experience. But it seems a little backward other than that.
The Single Ball
Weighing in at 53g and measuring up at 1.5” long with a 4.5 inch girth, this is a great one for beginners. It’s not your regular round ball, either. It kinda reminds me of a small plum. With a fluted shape that looks like a soft star when you look at it from the base.
Inserting is easy. Because of the dragginess of the silicone, it takes a little slick of lube to get it in. I stand with my foot on the edge of the bath, but you can sit/crouch/lie down to. Whatever position works for you.
Once it’s in, I push it as far back as I can then let it drop into position on its own. Because I’m used to heavier weights it isn’t a challenge for me. I don’t have to work to keep it in. My muscles know it’s there, though, and they respond accordingly. Small contractions to make sure what I put in there stays in there.
Just wearing a kegel exerciser for 30 minutes a day has a positive impact on muscle tone, but actively working against it is better. The whole point of kegel balls is to help you isolate the correct muscle. Once you’ve done that, the free roaming ball inside of the IntiMate single will remind you it’s there. The jiggle is quite noticeable in this ball, which is always welcome as some are quite weak. Whenever you feel that, lift your muscles and hold for as long as you can. Then relax for a few seconds before lifting again. That there is a basic kegel work out!
The Double Ball
Peanut shaped and 2.75” in length with a 3.75” girth, this double ball is the perfect next step in your exercise regime. It weighs 106g, so is exactly double the weight of the single ball. This one I can feel when it’s inside me, though as my favourite balls are over 200g, it still isn’t a challenge for me personally.
As I said earlier, the smaller and heavier the exerciser the more difficult it is to hold on to. That means your muscles have to work harder, thus intensifying the work out. The weight of this ball makes me more aware of it, and that’s a good thing. You see, there’s only one free roaming ball inside the peanut, the other is solid. The fact that the peanut is smaller means the jiggle ball doesn’t have much space to roam in, so the jiggle is non-existent.
As with the single ball, insertion requires lube, and a little patience until you get accustomed to getting the central joint – which is 100% flexible – up past the pubic bone. Once it’s in, I follow my usual process of pushing it right in and letting it settle naturally. I do have to squeeze my muscles when I cough or belly laugh, so even if you’re an advanced user, this one will still work for you.
Cleaning and Care
These kegel balls are easily removed after use. The cords may not be as stretchy as some other types, but they are strong. I don’t think you could snap them just be pulling them from your vagina.
Once your ball is removed, just give it a wash in soapy water (making sure you rinse very well) or use a toy cleaner/toy wipes. Air dry and pop back in their cute storage box. If you’d prefer a bag you’ll have to buy one, as there isn’t one included.
I often wonder when the day will come when I’ll meet a kegel set that I don’t like. It’s happened in the past, and I’m sure it’ll happen again, but today isn’t the day. This set is great, and if you’d like to give it a shot you can pick one up here.
The IntiMate Kegel Ball Set was sent to me by Nomi Tang in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions, which are now, and will forever be, my own. No affiliate links have been used in this post.