Review: Luvkis bird-shaped kegel exerciser set (+ intro to Kegels)
I love carrying heavy objects in my vagina, as anyone who has read my review of the 1.5lb (680g) njoy Pure Wand knows. But it's not exactly practical to walk around all day with a big hunk of steel hanging out of my vagina. And my 11 oz. (310g) njoy Pure Plug got lost in the mail when I moved to a new state.
So when Luvkis contacted me, their bird-shaped Kegel exerciser set charmed me with its cuteness. And I have zero shame in admitting that. (Though I'll probably grow saltier and less easily impressed the longer I stay in the sex toy industry.)
Though the set's densest weight (4.05oz or 115g) is far from the heaviest weight I've personally used for Kegels, it was enjoyable. I'll discuss the medical benefits of Kegels in a minute. But for now, I want to emphasize how fun it is to have my vagina constantly aware of the (silicone-covered) metal in my vagina.
I've inserted multiple weights from the set to increase the total mass. Their heft makes me want to hop up and down, move around, climb stairs, and so on. Like using plugs vaginally, or anal plugs that jiggle, the resistance is like constant, subtle arousal throughout the day. It feels good to move my body and to clench around the toy, and my enjoyment is highly discreet.
What are the benefits of Kegel exercises?
Kegels exercise the pelvic floor, which is a set of muscles at— as the name would suggest— the bottom of the pelvis. Its primary purpose is to support the pelvic organs and keep waste inside.
But a strong pelvic floor also offers something more exciting: enhanced sexual pleasure and performance. That could mean increased arousal, stronger orgasms, easier multiple orgasms, and so much more. And there's no shame in seeking that out. That applies even if you:
- are in your teens or twenties
- have never given birth
- have a penis (though that's a topic for another post)
Building a strong pelvic floor is so much more than postpartum care or feeling youthful or vaginal tightening for a partner's sake. It increases sexual gratification for you and brings balance to your core. And these weights are just one of many fun ways to keep your pelvic floor strong and healthy (vag-controlled smart phone games and vaginal weightlifting, anyone?).
A strong vagina vs. a tight vagina
It's true that a strong pelvic floor can squeeze more tightly, but that's not the same thing as a tight pelvic floor. Strength is the ability to contract, while muscle tightness is the inability to lengthen. My vagina is very flexible, able to consume a dildo the size of a soda can, but also able to crack a partner's finger.
Think of it this way: you can have strong legs for running and jumping and be able to do splits. And exercising to build hamstring strength is beneficial in many sports.
But if you never stretch or relax your muscles, hamstring tightness is problematic. Your knees might hurt, you might be more prone to injury, and your posture might be thrown off, leading to imbalances and back pain.
Likewise, a tight pelvic floor that can't relax isn't a good thing. It can be quite uncomfortable, especially when experiencing penetration.
The downside to Kegels
Even though Kegels bring benefits to many people, not everyone should dive right in and start doing them. At least, not without balance.
If you're experiencing issues with muscle spasms, very sudden urgency to "go," pain with penetration, or are just tense overall; those are potential signs of a tight pelvic floor. You might want to see a pelvic floor specialist, massage, or practice reverse Kegels (consciously relaxing) for a few weeks first. (Nicole Guappone is an excellent example of a sex writer with a focus on pelvic floor dysfunction and pain.)
Then add Kegels where you consciously relax between sets. If you want to use the weights in this review, I suggest sitting down to take breaks often. Otherwise, the tension could worsen the pain.
What material coats the Luvkis Kegel exercisers?
Whenever I review silicone products from a company I'm unfamiliar with, I flame-test them to make sure they're safe. There are plenty of affordable and body-safe sex toys on the market, but I don't trust all manufacturers to label their products accurately.
Luvkis's silicone-covered bird Kegel exerciser didn't melt or quickly spread the flame. There was some black soot, but that was it. These results confirm that the coating is silicone, it's not porous, and it's safe for internal use.
I am, however, skeptical of the claim that any of Luvkis's products are made of medical-grade silicone. Luvkis is China-based, and their prices are generally low. Only a handful of manufacturers in the US make FDA-approved, medical-grade silicone, which is more expensive than food-grade and undergoes testing for different purposes.
But that's okay— food-grade silicone by definition has to be safe for use with mucous membranes. And according to Kenton from Funkit Toys, "[The silicones] are immersed in acetone, ethyl alcohol, oil, and water, and if anything harmful leaches out in dangerous amounts, they don't pass food-safety testing."
Using the Luvkis bird-shaped Kegel exercisers
One thing I like about these Kegel exercisers is how easy they are to insert. They're slender (about an inch wide at the most) and tapered. The tip is flexible and about the width of my thumb, but the weighted part is firm and intuitive to guide.
There's just enough decoration for me to recognize that this sex toy is designed to resemble a bird, but the texture is minimal overall. Its matte silicone is only a little draggier than LELO's luxurious finish. And it's comfortable for wearing throughout the day, thanks to its long and flexible retrieval cord— more so than, say, a metal plug.
How much do they weigh?
There are five weights in this set, labeled on the birds' tails/retrieval cords:
- 30g/1.06 oz — the lightest tint of purple
- 45g/1.58 oz
- 65g/2.29 oz
- 85g/2.99 oz
- 115g/4.05 oz — the darkest shade of purple
For comparison, if you insert all the birds except the lightest, it totals about the same weight as the njoy Pure Plug. And the B‑Vibe Snug Plug 3 is 160g, which is heavier than the darkest purple bird in this set (115g). If you were to use the second lightest bird and the heaviest bird, that would match the Snug Plug 3's weight.
Don't use the birds anally, though, because they don't have a flared base and therefore are not butt-safe.
But Cy, did you stuff all five exercisers in your vagina?
Yeah, I know — nobody asked me that question. And it's antithetical to the supposed vagina-tightening purpose of this toy. But I've tested toys bigger than my arm, so I (rightfully) expected that I'd be able to insert all five of the bird Kegel exercisers. Combining their weights is where the fun really is for me.
Once I did that, I showed my boyfriend the retrieval cords' forked tails hanging from my vagina. His response: "It looks like there are snakes in your vagina with their tongues sticking out."
This post was sponsored by Luvkis, and that doesn't change my opinion of the product.
Thank you for this information on the pelvic floor muscles! I should do those exercises, but somehow I never get around to doing them. This cute set would make things more fun!
Honestly, I think that this might be one of the best articles on Kegels that I've read.
I liked how you explain that Kegels can be helpful even to those that don't usually have weakened pelvic floor muscles (like young people who haven't given birth), and the focus on the pleasure of the person doing the exercises. Many articles on Kegels focus more on solving issues due to age or childbirth or improving a partner's pleasure.
I also liked how you clarify the difference between muscle strenght/flexibility and tightness and your disclaimer that not everyone should start doing Kegels right away: I always appreciate when sex bloggers (or anyone really) put nuance in their statements instead of making blanket ones like "everyone should do/will enjoy X".
Have you ever used kegel balls? How do these compare? I've been thinking about getting some kegel exercisers.
Yeah. Most of the kegel balls I've used are lighter than the dark purple exerciser.
Many of them have internal balls that move around in the shell and jiggle, but like… I seriously can't feel the jiggle in my vagina at all. Your mileage may vary.
Thank you for another fantastic read.
I just searched your blog because I'm currently doing some research for an article about kegel exercises and I *knew* that you'd have said something clever. I really appreciate your note in this post that there are downsides to kegel exercises: like all kinds of exercise, the same workout isn't suitable for everyone! Thank you for shouting out Nicole Guappone as well — I hadn't heard of her before but I feel like I'm going to gain a lot from following her on Twitter.