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The Year of the Yoni

A year ago, you would rarely hear of the Yoni, Sanskrit for "womb" "uterus" or "vagina", and now it seems to a household name. Thanks to the Goop-approved usage of yoni eggs and backlash from doctors we wanted to explore if yoni eggs help or is it just all hype.

Having been used for over 2,000 years by Taoist, African, and Native American women, the yoni eggs are meant to strengthen your pelvic floor muscle and increase orgasms.The eggs are inserted in the vaginal canal to increase orgasms and muscle tone. When the stone is inserted, individuals are instructed to clench the egg and perform a kegel-like exercise. There are many exercises that can be performed to strengthen your pelvic floor muscle, however some women choose to utilize the yoni eggs to help facilitate this movement.Jade eggs are the most popular and come with claims of reating kidney strength, improving sexual potency, balancing hormones and supporting healthy skin. On the ore woo woo side yoni eggs clears negativity.

If yoni eggs sound like something that you’re interested in pursuing: size, crystal type, and drilled or undrilled(if you fear it getting stuck!) are the three important factors in choosing your egg.

Small, medium, or large?
With anything that you insert in your body, size matters. Large eggs are typically 35x50mm, medium are 30x43mm, and small are 25x35mm. Most individuals begin with a medium and move down if necessary. Unlike a dilator, yoni eggs are meant to become smaller as you continue your practice. The smaller the egg, the more dexterity your body requires to hold the egg inside.
What type of crystal?
The eggs are made up of several gemstones but the three most traditional are Jade, Black Obsidian, and Rose Quartz. Jade is the most popular for beginners, as it is known for being very healing for the female reproductive system.
Drilled or undrilled?
If you choose a drilled yoni egg, there will be a hole near the end where you can put a string to easily remove your egg after insertion. Undrilled obviously means that you do not have the option of pulling a string to remove your egg. Some websites have stated that you can wear the eggs for 24 hours and during intercourse as well.
Okay, so a lot of this may seem like nonsense for many of you readers. Alternative therapy and exercise doesn’t win over anyone, so let’s examine some of the pros and cons of the yoni egg.
The yoni eggs are supposed to increase libido, increase natural lubrication, tighten vaginal walls, and create an easier child birthing experience.
Saida Desilets, a Conscious Sensuality Coach and Author, has spent two decades supporting the yoni egg movement. She said, “Over the past twenty years of both my personal practice and professionally working with women, I’ve never had any problems with Nephrite Jade. However, I do follow strict hygienic protocols and insist on making sure women know how to prepare the Jade Egg before use and what to do after each use.”
Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, responded to the yoni egg movement with distress. She told CNN that yoni eggs cannot help with hormonal imbalances as this is, “biologically impossible.” Gunter advises, “overenthusiastic Kegel exercises or incorrectly done Kegel exercises are a cause of pelvic pain and pain with sex in my practice.” She said, “Kegel exercises are not just about the contraction, the relaxation phase is just as important.”
Désilets response in a blog post on her website. She said, “Personally, I have worn the Jade Egg all day long, every day for nearly two decades without a problem. In fact, its regular use and proper protocols lead to the resolution of my chronic bladder and yeast problems. So I’m actually healthier after consistent Jade Egg use.”
Another opposer to the eggs is Dr. Leena Nathan. The MD from UCLA in Obstetrics  Gynecology said, “There are no studies or evidence to show that jade eggs help with orgasms, vaginal muscle tone or hormonal balance.”
This is, of course, an alternative practice for an exercise that doesn’t have to cost $66 and isn’t potentially hazardous to your health. Nevertheless, the yoni egg powers on. The new-age goddess movement is spreading with supporters worldwide who swear by the eggs ability to heal and strengthen. Goop sold out of their jade eggs rather quickly and followers insist that the eggs are beneficial. It’s up to you to decide whether your “yoni” needs a change in routine or not.
Dr. Gunter ends her highly viewed article by saying, “The only thing your post got right is to check with your doctor before using one. So let me give you some free advice, don’t use vaginal jade eggs.”
I guess if you do go for it, keep it clean and safe!
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