What Are Yoni Eggs & Why Could They Be Dangerous?

May 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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Having been used for over 2,000 years by Taoist, African and Native American women, the yoni eggs are meant to strengthen your pelvic floor muscle and increase orgasms.

Yoni eggs, or jade eggs, aren’t necessarily new to the world. But in January, Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, Goop, featured an interview praising the use of the eggs as the path toward a sexual revamp. What followed was a lot of backlash from professionals, doctors and the wider public.

The eggs are inserted in the vaginal canal to increase orgasms and muscle tone. Once the stone is in, individuals are instructed to clench the egg and perform a Kegel-like exercise. There are many exercises that can be performed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscle; however, some women choose to utilize the yoni eggs to help facilitate this movement.

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Shiva Rose, a beauty guru and healer, was interviewed by Goop. She said, “The jade creates kidney strength — it’s known as jing in Chinese energy, and it’s all about sexual potency, and even beauty — if your hormones are balanced, your skin will look better. It’s a holistic combination of things, where one benefit builds to another. Jade also takes away negativity and cleanses — it’s a very heavy material, very powerful.”

If yoni eggs sound like something that you’re interested in pursuing — size, crystal and drilled or undrilled are the three important factors in choosing your egg.

Small, medium or large?

With anything that you insert in your body, size matters. Large eggs are typically 35-by-50 millimeters, medium are 30-by-43 millimeters and small are 25-by-35 millimeters. Most individuals begin with a medium and move down if necessary. Unlike a dilator, yoni eggs are meant to become smaller as you continue your practice. The smaller the egg, the more dexterity your body requires to hold the egg inside.

What type of crystal?

The eggs may be made of several different gemstones, but the three most traditional are jadeblack obsidian, and rose quartz. Jade is the most popular for beginners, as it is known for being very healing for the female reproductive system.

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Drilled or undrilled?

If you choose a drilled yoni egg, there will be a hole near the end where you can put a string to easily remove your egg after insertion. Undrilled obviously means that you do not have the option of pulling a string to remove your egg. The egg will come out when “its healing work is done.” Some websites have stated that you can wear the eggs for 24 hours and during intercourse as well.

OK, so a lot of this may seem like hogwash for many of you readers. Alternative therapy and exercise don’t win over everyone, so let’s examine some of the pros and cons of the yoni egg.

The yoni eggs are known to increase libido, increase natural lubrication, tighten vaginal walls and create an easier childbirthing experience.

Saida Désilets, a conscious sensuality coach and author, has spent two decades supporting the yoni egg movement. She said, “Over the past 20 years of both my personal practice and professionally working with women, I’ve never had any problems with nephrite jade. However, I do follow strict hygienic protocols and insist on making sure women know how to prepare the jade egg before use and what to do after each use.”

Some say yoni eggs are not all they're cracked up to be

Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, responded to the yoni egg article with distress. She told CNN that yoni eggs cannot help with hormonal imbalances as this is, “biologically impossible.” Gunter goes on to say, “overenthusiastic Kegel exercises or incorrectly done Kegel exercises are a cause of pelvic pain and pain with sex in my practice.” She also said, “Kegel exercises are not just about the contraction, the relaxation phase is just as important.”

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Désilets responded to each of Gunter’s opinions in a blog post on her website. She said, “Personally, I have worn the Jade Egg all day long, every day for nearly two decades without a problem. In fact, its regular use and proper protocols lead to the resolution of my chronic bladder and yeast problems. So I’m actually healthier after consistent Jade Egg use.”

Another opposer to the eggs is Dr. Leena Nathan, who also weighed in with her thoughts. The OB-GYN from UCLA said, “There are no studies or evidence to show that jade eggs help with orgasms, vaginal muscle tone or hormonal balance.”

Nevertheless, the yoni egg powers on. The new-age goddess movement has supporters all over the world who swear by the egg's ability to heal and strengthen. Goop sold out of their jade eggs rather quickly, and followers insist that the eggs are beneficial. It’s up to you to decide whether your “yoni” needs the extra facilitation or not.

Gunter ends her highly viewed article by saying, “The only thing your post got right is to check with your doctor before using one. So let me give you some free advice, don’t use vaginal jade eggs.”

If you’ve had success with your yoni egg, sound off in the comments below.

By S. Nicole Lane

Originally published on HelloFlo.