Gwyneth Paltrow is selling jade eggs on her goop website. These eggs are supposed to offer a number of benefits to a woman’s vagina, pelvic floor, and overall health. However, experts have weighed in on the subject and they are strongly warning women against using this product.
According to goop, the use of jade eggs in the vagina is a secret of Chinese royalty that helps women stay sexually fit for their partners. The jade eggs are said to possess the power of energy work and crystal healing.
The eggs are supposed to be used during Kegel exercises to strengthen vaginal muscle tone and increase the number of orgasms a woman can achieve. Aside from sexual benefits, regular use of Gwyneth Paltrow’s jade eggs are supposed to increase a woman’s chi and her feminine energy. In addition, they are supposed to balance a woman’s hormones, balance her menstrual cycle, prevent the occurrence of uterine prolapse, increase bladder control, and create kidney strength.
While this may sound good to some women, experts strongly disagree. Dr. Leena Nathan, who works at UCLA Health in Los Angeles as an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, said no studies or evidence exists that show the use of jade eggs have the capability of helping women achieve greater vaginal muscle tone, increased orgasms, or hormonal balance, FOX News reported.
Dr. Nathan went on to say that jade eggs, even when inserted in the vagina, do not cause changes in a woman’s hormones, nor is there any benefit to her reproductive health, according to Live Science.
While Kegel exercises do help strengthen the pelvic floor and can help women who are having problems with incontinence, Dr. Nathan said Gwyneth Paltrow’s jade eggs are not a necessary part of the process. In order to hold these eggs in place, a woman must remain in a constant Kegel, which would not only be uncomfortable, but unadvisable as well.
San Francisco OB-GYN, Dr. Jen Gunter, whole-heartedly agrees with Dr. Nathan. She said pelvic floor muscles are not meant to contract continuously. Gunter went on to say that overuse of Kegel exercises or improperly performed Kegels could result in pelvic pain and pain during intercourse.
But that’s not all. Perhaps one of the more disturbing aspects of using the vaginal jade eggs is that they can be harmful to your health. Dr. Nathan explained why by saying jade is a porous material, and as such, they could promote infection.
As a foreign body, the jade eggs could disrupt the pH and bacteria of the vagina. If that were to happen, an infection such as bacterial vaginosis could occur. In addition, if the egg is left in the vagina too long, a woman could suffer from toxic shock syndrome.
Dr. Nathan said women should not purchase the jade eggs being sold on Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop website. For those who have tried Kegel exercises and still need help strengthening their pelvic floor, she suggests seeking the assistance of a pelvic floor therapist.
By Trixie Dillwood