Holding a jade egg in your vagina all day sounds far from appealing. Yet this is the latest advice given by Gwyneth Paltrow on her lifestyle blog goop. The $66 rocks can, she’s said, help women boost their orgasms, strengthen their vaginal muscles, and improve both their hormone balance and their “feminine energy.”
But this is not sound advice, says Canadian gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter, who has angrily rebuked the actress for dispensing potentially dangerous information. In a scathing open letter to the actress, Gunter wrote, “The claim that they can balance hormones is, quite simply, biologically impossible … Pelvic floor exercises can help with incontinence and even give stronger orgasms for women, but they cannot change hormones.
“As for female energy? I’m a gynecologist and I don’t know what that is. How does one test for it? Organically sourced, fair trade urine pH sticks coming soon to GOOP for $77 I presume?”
The viability of holding the egg in place all day is, she further points out, quite impractical. Imagine how your muscles would feel if you were to carry a barbell in your arms all day … this is how your pelvic floor muscles would feel by the day’s end she says.
And this may not be the worst of it. Because the eggs are made of jade, a porous substance, they risk allowing bacteria to get inside them, potentially leading to “bacterial vaginosis or even the potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome.”
Suffice it to say, that may be $66 better spent elsewhere.
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