Gwyneth Paltrow is trying to sell you jade eggs, and it could be ruining your vagina.
After reading about the jade eggs sold on GOOP, OBGYN Dr. Jen Gunter took to her blog to spread the word about the potential health hazards of these eggs.
The website claims,
“Yoni eggs, once the strictly guarded secret of Chinese concubines and royalty in antiquity, harness the power of energy work, crystal healing, and a Kegel-like physical practice. Jade eggs’ power to cleanse and clear make them ideal for detox, too. “This particular jade, nephrite jade, has incredible clearing, cleansing powers.”
According to Dr. Gunter, however, this is all a “big load of garbage.” But not only are these supposed benefits false, the jade eggs could actually be dangerous as well.
She explains in her post,
“Jade is porous which could allow bacteria to get inside and so the egg could act like a fomite. This is not good, in case you were wondering. It could be a risk factor for bacterial vaginosis or even the potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome.
Regarding the suggestion to wear the jade egg while walking around, well, I would like to point out that your pelvic floor muscles are not meant to contract continuously. In fact, it is quite difficult to isolate your pelvic floor while walking so many women could actually clench other muscles to keep the egg inside. It is possible the pained expression of clenching your butt all day could be what is leading people to stare, not some energy glow.”
She also adds,
“Overenthusiastic Kegel exercises or incorrectly done Kegel exercises are a cause of pelvic pain and pain with sex in my practice.”
The jade eggs sold on GOOP run for $66 and are currently sold out so apparently someone is buying what Paltrow is selling.