Many women practice sports to stay fit and train muscles. Yet there is one muscle that is often not trained, while it is an important one: the pelvic floor muscle. A strong pelvic floor muscle helps prevent incontinence later in life and it can also lead to a better orgasm. Reason enough – I would think – to start with exercises. The Svakom Nova balls can help with this.
Why train your pelvic floor muscles?
There can be various reasons for doing kegel exercises to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. For example, you may find that your vagina feels less tight after giving birth. But more importantly, it can help prevent or resolve incontinence problems. According to the Dutch University hospital UMCU, 1 in 4 women over 30 suffer from unwanted urine loss, for example with coughing, laughing, or exercising. Kegel exercises are body exercises that train the pelvic floor muscle, named after Arnold Kegel, the gynecologist who invented them.
But the pelvic floor muscles also play an important role during sex. If the pelvic floor muscles are too weak, you feel little contraction during orgasm and if they are too tight, penetration can be difficult. With kegel exercises you can gain more control over your pelvic floor muscles, which improves sex and orgasm.
What are Svakom Nova Exercise balls?
Svakom Nova is a set of three different ‘balls’ that a woman can wear in her vagina to train the pelvic floor muscles. The idea is that you execute a training program consisting of three phases of 30 days each. There is a ball for every phase. During the first phase you wear the smallest ball for half an hour a day for 30 days. During the second phase you do the same with the middle ball and finish the exercises with the heaviest ball.
Each Nova ball has a metal weight. If you wear one of the Nova balls in your vagina during daily activities, your vagina wall will feel the vibrations of the ball. Moreover, the weight will want to slide out of you due to gravity. As a result, you will contract your pelvic floor muscles almost automatically every time. The result is a trained pelvic floor muscle and therefore (if all goes well) less trouble with unwanted urine loss and more intense orgasms.
Specs & functions of the Svakom Nova set
All three Svakom Nova balls are covered with very soft silicone. It is a bit of an open door to say that they are 100% waterproof, but they are. Each ball has an elastic cord with a ring at the end. With this you can easily remove the balls.
The balls differ in size and weight. The smallest ball is 36 mm in diameter and weighs 49 grams. The middle cone contains two balls, is 28 mm in diameter and weighs 75 grams. The largest cone also contains two balls, is 28 mm in diameter and weighs 95 grams.
Unboxing the Svakom Nova set
The Svakom Nova set comes in a neat package. On the front is a photo of the set. On the back are the details of the contents of the box, which would be handy if you came across the box somewhere in a physical store.
The outside of the package appears to be a cardboard ‘sleeve’. If you remove it, a very stylish box with a hinge remains. When you open the box, you see the different balls. The box also includes a manual, a warranty certificate (you get a 10-year warranty if you register the product!) and a storage bag. Now, this shows that they know what they’re doing at Svakom! Oh, and there is also a booklet with an overview of a lot of other Svakom products.
The manual contains a series of exercises in a number of languages. The different phases are explained and tips are given for practicing the best cone exercises.
The ‘test drive’
To be able to actually test the product, I sought the help of my partner (female). You must know that we have four children (respect for her), but despite that my partner has no problems with regard to unwanted urine loss, or weak pelvic floor muscles.
Furthermore, due to time, we have not used the Svakom Nova balls in the desired 3 x 30 day cycle, so we cannot say whether there is actually noticeable result.
To be able to insert the balls, it is necessary to apply a small amount of water-based lubricant. Then you push the ball in far enough (a bit like you would apply a tampon). Once the ball is in place, it feels – according to my partner – not unpleasant. She could perceive the vibrations of the weight a little. Especially when she then walked around.
The balls are not intended to get sexually excited. And although my partner did not feel sexually excited after wearing, she had become considerably wet. Whether you think this is a benefit or a disadvantage is up to you.
Cleaning the Svakom Nova balletjes
Cleaning is super easy. After use, rinse the balls with handwarm water. If you insist, you can also use some mild soap or toy cleaner. The balls are very beautifully finished. There are no edges or seams where any bacteria can accumulate. These are balls you can enjoy for years!
If you are looking for a set of balls to improve your pelvic floor muscle function – for whatever reason – then this is a very beautiful and high-quality set. My partner and I cannot think of any reason why you would not want this product.
The pros of the Svakom Nova:
- Fine and high quality soft silicone
- Very nicely finished
- With a little water-based lubricant, they are easy to insert
- Easy to clean
- Different weights to use depending on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles
- Storage bag included
- 10 year warranty (if you register the product)
- You tell me? We couldn’t think of any.