Jade eggs or yoni eggs are inserted into the vagina mostly for sexual health benefits. But are jade eggs or yoni eggs good for sex life?

Ever heard of jade eggs or yoni eggs? These are stones that look like eggs, and are meant to be inserted into the vagina and kept there for a few seconds every day. These eggs became all the rage in 2017 thanks to Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow’s website that revealed its benefits. All one has to do is insert the egg into the vagina, squeeze and release it to “feel the connection with your body”. Since then, many jade egg users have claimed that using them can help improve pelvic floor strength, which may lead to increased sexual sensation, and enhanced orgasms. But inserting a foreign object into your vagina may not be the best idea. Let us tell you if yoni eggs are safe to use for better sex life, and why it is worth a second thought.

What are jade eggs or yoni eggs?

Jade eggs, also known as yoni eggs, are smooth, polished egg-shaped stones typically made from jade or other semi-precious stones like rose quartz. Many associate jade vaginal eggs with ancient China. But no evidence was found to support the claim that yoni eggs were used in sexual health practices in ancient Chinese culture, according to a 2019 research published in the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery journal.

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Jade eggs may strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Image courtesy: Freepik

Can jade eggs help to improve sex life?

Yoni eggs are believed to potentially improve sex life through various ways. But please note these these claims are largely anecdotal, and there is no scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of jade eggs for sexual health.

1. May improve pelvic floor muscle strength

Regular use of jade eggs involves inserting them into the vagina and performing exercises to hold them in place. This practice is believed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to improved bladder control, increased vaginal tone, and enhanced sensations during sex, says obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Schumailla Bassi.

2. May increase sensation

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles with jade eggs may lead to heightened sensations during sexual activity. Stronger pelvic floor muscles can result in better blood flow to the genital area, potentially increasing arousal and improving orgasm intensity.

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3. May improve mind-body connection

Engaging in practices like jade egg exercises may help women become more attuned to their bodies. This may lead to greater awareness and enjoyment of sexual sensations.

4. May enhance libido

Regular use of yoni eggs may help balance and increase feminine energy. This may positively impact libido and sexual desire.

5. Self-exploration and confidence

Incorporating jade egg practices into a routine of self-care and sexual exploration may help women feel more connected to their bodies. They may feel more confident in their sexual experiences.

How to use jade eggs?

If you still want to use jade eggs, follow these steps:

  • Before each use, thoroughly wash the jade egg with warm water and mild soap.
  • Find a comfortable and private space where you can relax and focus on the practice.
  • Apply a small amount of water-based lubricant to the yoni egg and your vaginal opening so that you can easily insert it.
  • Gently insert the egg into your vagina with the larger end first.
  • Take your time, but stop if you experience any discomfort.
  • Once the yoni egg is inserted, you can perform a variety of pelvic floor exercises to engage the muscles surrounding the vagina and pelvic floor. Common exercises include contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles, squeezing the egg gently and holding it in place for a few seconds.
  • When you are ready to remove the jade egg, gently bear down with your pelvic floor muscles while pulling on the retrieval string or using your fingers to grasp the egg and carefully slide it out.
  • After using it, clean the jade egg again with warm water and mild soap. After drying it, store in a clean and dry place.

Some people may use jade eggs for pelvic floor exercises, others may incorporate them into meditation, mindfulness, or self-care practices, says Dr Bassi.

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Using jade eggs may have a positive impact on libido. Image courtesy: Freepik

What are the side effects of using jade eggs?

Using jade eggs carries potential health risks or side effects, particularly if they are not used properly. Some of the potential risks associated with jade eggs include:

1. Bacterial infections

Inserting objects into vagina, including jade eggs, can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections, says the exert. It is crucial to thoroughly clean the jade egg before and after each use to minimise the risk of infection.

2. Abrasion or trauma

Inserting or removing jade eggs roughly or without proper lubrication can cause abrasions or tears in the vaginal tissues that are delicate. This can lead to discomfort, pain, or potential injury. Jade materials can crack and break. So, if an uneven egg is used, it can cause injury during insertion or when it is inside the vagina. Using too large or heavy jade egg can also increase the risk of trauma to the vaginal walls.

3. Pelvic floor muscle strain

Performing pelvic floor exercises with jade eggs without proper guidance or technique may lead to overexertion or strain of the pelvic floor muscles. This can cause discomfort, pain, or exacerbate existing pelvic floor issues such as pelvic pain or pelvic organ prolapse.

4. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Improper hygiene practices, such as failing to clean the jade egg adequately or leaving it in the vagina for extended periods, can increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) by introducing bacteria into the urinary tract.

Use jade eggs mindfully, educate yourself about proper hygiene and technique, and listen to your body to avoid potential health risks associated with yoni eggs.

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