Although Gwyneth Paltrow became famous as an actress, she is now more closely associated with her Goop website than the movie industry. Goop promotes and sells various items which promise to help women with their sex life, maintain and improve their reproductive health.
Although Goop targets a specific demographic of rich women, its products and ideas can be somewhat eccentric for any type of customers. The most recent product unveiled on Goop are vaginal jade eggs. They are a pair of eggs measuring around 2-inches in size, made out of jade, and are meant to be inserted into the vagina and kept there for extended periods of time.
As with many of her dubious products and recommendations, such as having women squat over a steaming bowl of water and herbs in order to steam clean their uterus, the jade eggs have also received criticism from a number of health experts. Nonetheless, the jade eggs are currently sold out on Goop.
According to the information on the website, the jade eggs are supposed to harness the power of energy work and combine it with the healing capacities of crystal and with an exercise to the Kegel practice. Users of the jade eggs say that the product increases orgasms, vaginal muscle tone, chi, hormonal balance, and the general feminine energy.
However, health experts such as gynecologists are quite skeptical and concerned about the benefits of jade eggs. Most doctors disapprove of the jade eggs due to the fact that there haven’t been any studies or evidence, in general, to show that their benefits are real. Simple jade stones inserted into the vagina is extremely unlikely to produce any hormonal changes.
Furthermore, doctors even contest the idea that they provide the same benefits as the Kegel exercises. Keeping the jade eggs into the vagina for long periods does require the same muscle contraction as the Kegel, but the woman needs to constantly contract her muscles, which is not comfortable or even advisable. The pelvic muscles are not meant to be contracted continuously, and in doing so can lead to severe pain afterward.
Furthermore, the eggs can actually be a health hazard as jade is a porous material which can become a breeding ground for various infections.
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