Crystal Sex Toys: Gwyneth Paltrow's Jade Eggs Are Not Good For Your Vagina

Chanel Adams

Gwyneth Paltrow has dished some more bizarre lifestyle advice for women that has doctors speaking out. The Goop founder is often known for selling extravagant merchandise and giving outlandish health advice.

But her latest sex suggestion has some doctors fired up because she could be causing women health problems. In a recent blog post titled "Better Sex: Jade Eggs for Yoni," she interviewed Shiva Rose who is a well-known actress and holistic blogger on social media. Paltrow explains that she has become obsessed with putting jade eggs into her vagina not only for spiritual reasons but to help tone the pelvic floor muscles as well. There is no scientific data to back up the claim that these crystallized eggs could have similar effects to Kegel exercises.

"Fans say regular use increases chi, orgasms, vaginal muscle tone, hormonal balance, and feminine energy in general," said the post.

"Vaginal weights have been around forever and have been used to strengthen the muscles in the vagina after childbirth and to assist with continence," Michael Cackovic, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, told Self.

In addition, there are some possible health risks associated with using foreign body such as a jade egg, according to Angela Jones, M.D., a board-certified OB-GYN.

"Foreign bodies in the vagina can disrupt its pH and potentially lead to vaginitis or other infections," she said.

A jade egg is a porous substance, meaning that it can transmit bacteria inside of your vagina, according to Self.

"Certainly using them when pregnant or menstruating would potentially increase the risk of infection," Cackovic added.

According to the Mirror, Dr. Jen Gunter wrote an open letter to Paltrow, stating that the claims are "garbage" and could increase health risks for women.

"I read the post on GOOP and all I can tell you is it is the biggest load of garbage I have read on your site since vaginal steaming," she wrote. "Pelvic floor muscles can help with incontinence and even give stronger orgasms for some women, but they cannot change hormones. As for female energy? I'm a gynecologist and I don't know what that is!?"

Gunter has also pointed out the health risks associated with the regular vaginal use associated with jade eggs.

"As for the recommendation that women sleep with a jade egg in their vaginas I would like to point out that jade is porous which could allow bacteria to get inside and so the egg could act like a fomite."

She is not the only one who has come up with this interesting new concept. Chakrubs is another site that sells crystal sex toys for bohemian girls, spiritual women, and modern-day witches, reports Elite Daily. The Chakrubs sex products are made from 100 percent pure crystal and are supposedly safe enough to use.

The company also makes eggs, similar to Goop's jade eggs, and suggests cleaning the sex toys with vodka or brandy, but alcohol can irritate vaginal walls. Rose, the creator of the jade eggs, suggests boiling the egg before using it to ensure that it's clean.

She stated that women should develop a relationship with their crystal sex toys before using them by sleeping with them under their pillows, holding them against their body, and leaving them on the windowsill overnight underneath the full moon so it can "charge."

However, the disclaimer on Gwyneth Paltrow's website did state that "the views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation." Experts say that women should talk to their doctor before using jade eggs or other crystal sex toys, especially if they're having difficulty with sex.

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