Jade eggs have been a hot topic in the world of vaginal care for several years now. Sites like Goop, owned by Gwyneth Paltrow, have been suggesting women use jade eggs for a long time. The idea is to put a jade egg in your vagina and keep it there for at least several hours, if not overnight.
But is this a safe practice? Does it even really do anything? Let’s take a look at jade eggs and what they do (or don’t do) for your health. Should you be using one? It’s a good question to ask and it’s easy to see why you’d be curious. So, let’s talk about whether or not jade eggs actually work.
What Are Jade Eggs?
Jade eggs are an egg shaped stone made out of jade. They are also sometimes called yoni eggs. The idea is to put the egg in your vagina to gain a better sex life among other benefits. People who suggest you use jade eggs will tout the historical use of jade eggs in other cultures.
You may hear that in the past, both royalty and concubines used this trick to have a healthier vagina and a better sex life. This is part of the reason that jade eggs have gained a reputation online. The idea that they’re all natural and could help you have better sex makes them appealing to a lot of women.
What Do Jade Eggs Do?
Putting a jade egg in your vagina is supposed to stregnthen your pelvic floor muscles. The weight of the egg is said to offer resistance to help the muscle strength increase. Leaving them in for several hourse will ensure that your pelvic floor muscles contract around the egg to hold it in for the entire time you leave it there.
The materials are also supposed to offer benefits. There are claims that it will detox your vagina while you strengthen your pelvic floor. But as we’ve mentioned before, your vagina doesn’t need to detox. That’s just not how the body works. So it’s clear that a lot of these claims are just false.
Are Jade Eggs Safe?
Using a jade egg isn’t really safe, no. There are a lot of issues involved. First of all, jade is a porous material. That means as it sits in your vagina it could introduce bacteria or fungus. This could lead to things like yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. It can also just throw off your vaginal microbiome every time you use it.
There are also problems with the idea of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles this way. The best way to strengthen those muscles is to practice Kegels, where you clench and release the muscle. The releasing part is important. It’s like doing a full bicep curl. You wouldn’t just flex the muscle, you would also put the weight back down.
The way your pelvic floor muscles just stay clenched around the egg can lead to some problems. Pelvic floor tension is a huge issue. While having a strong pelvic floor is important, you don’t want the muscles to tense forever. It can cause pain and other issues you just don’t want to deal with.
If you want to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles safely, keep doing your Kegels and use things like Ben Wa Balls which are safe for vaginal use. Don’t resort to using a jade egg, which just has a lot of problematic potential any time you put it in your vagina.
It’s tempting to use things like jade eggs when you see the hype online. This is another case of needing to do more research about things you see influencers mentioning. Don’t trust just one source when it comes to things like your vaginal health. Look around and see what the experts are saying. In this case, a jade egg is just a no go.
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.