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I was recently invited to go on one of the biggest morning shows in the UK This Morning with delightful presenters Aemonn and Ruth. This 5-minute slot then lead to the clip being shown on the Jimmy Kimmel show, followed by a reminder from Karl Pilkington who has seen much so-called mad stuff through his travels – my husband and I are huge Karl Pilkinton fans. I was a bit surprised at how far this has all gone but in a way it’s a good thing because I can just imagine how many women were lifting and squeezing as they watched the show – well done if you were because that’s a great start and I did the show to raise awareness of these very important muscles.
I thought I would do a little follow up blog after catching up with family life and my normal daily activities, and my normal (spare time given) has recently been working on building my strength even further by lifting 2 kilos of conkers in a large pouch – a new personal best. However just to clarify – The worlds strongest vagina award goes to Tatyana Kozhevnikova from Russia who holds the Guinness world book of records title for being able to lift 14 kilos with her vaginal muscles and happens to be the lady who taught me some of the things I’ve learned about intimate muscle training also known as intimate gymnastics and we did a workshop together in the UK where I spent a whole weekend doing my training with her – it was one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve had. Since meeting Tatyana I have developed some of my own methods too using certain breathing techniques, and different positions.
Before This Morning, a news article came out thanks to Alley Einstein about how I use weights I keep in my store cupboard like beans and marmite for my daily pelvic floor exercises. I used some store cupboard items to grab your attention, and hope that your coffee break or water cooler moment got the conversation started ;). Alley has been observing my journey for the past 4 years and after all the hoo-ha about jade eggs being unsafe to use due to them hitting the mainstream in 2017, I decided it was time to share my positive experiences with them and after 7 years of experience without any complications I felt ready to share and so confidently I said yes ok! But I knew it was a huge risk to expose myself in this way, joking aside, it’s something I believe needs to be less of a cliche or a strange kind of circus act and more of a spoken about serious problem that both women and men suffer from – a weakened pelvic floor muscle, this can often lead to issues within a marriage, lack of sexual confidence and many women really suffer in silence so I truly hope that some of you are here because you genuinely want to address and strengthen your pelvic floor and I only want to help by sharing my positive experiences openly.
On This Morning, I shared the very embarrassing moment when I was barefoot running to get fit and back in trim and suddenly a whoosh of unexpected lack of control left me standing there shocked – it was an ‘oh no’ moment to say the least, I had basically wet myself from stress incontinence. I had recently had my third child, was 42 years of age, and due to having big babies my pelvic floor hammock was in need of a serious attention as it had been significantly weakened! It’s not easy sharing things like this live on TV and I tried to get as much of my experience into the slot without being smutty or vulgar in any way. I also demonstrated the use of weights by lightening the issue and using some items I have in the store cupboard. I use these because they have the weights written on the side of the product tins or jars. I’ve got only one regret! I wish I had time to get my roots done properly before the demonstration.
I also discussed the enormous benefits of using the jade egg to lift weights which can lead to more intense and connected vaginal orgasms and a tauter pelvic floor. Since using the jade egg and doing much self-exploration, I was then eventually able to feel more attuned and self-confident and trust and as a result was able to let go completely and experience these god given powerful orgasms thanks to understanding intimacy on so many new levels. I can honestly say that my sex life has never been better, and I am proud to be an older woman filled with vitality and youthful essence because in part thanks to my happy vagina.
A weak dysfunctional pelvic floor can indeed be very expensive, and various levels of padding are now presented on mainstream advertising, it has become normalized. But is incontinence stress normal? No it is a problem due to lack of pelvic floor muscle training. It’s all big business. And we need to talk about it and get moving folks! We need to stop living such sedentary lives, slouching around all day, and forgetting to engage our muscles when we cough, sneeze, or laugh, and form new habitual ways of taking more responsibility for our intimates, and this goes for men too (yes guys I know some of you are watching me, and soon i’ll have something for you too to work with).
To be expected this story has caused quite a stir with very mixed reactions, and let’s face it anything to do with vaginas can often raise a little drama. I decided to speak up as one little voice of many because for me they work a treat and it’s time that all the fear-mongering about the jade egg was put into a more balanced perspective. Here are some of the concerns that have surrounded the Jade Egg as an intimate tool.
ARE JADE EGGS ABSORBANT CAN THEY GIVE ME INFECTIONS?
No they are not absorbent if they are good quality gemstone eggs and smoothly polished and ideally nephrite or jadeite, which at jade eggs global we sell and have been since 2011.
Infections are more likely to occur if there is blood involved, and we don’t recommend using a jade egg around your cycle or shortly after, as it takes a little time for the vagina to work its magic and settle down a bit during and after menstruation. If you suffer from fissures or scar tissue then we don’t recommend using a jade egg unless you are all healed.
Tampons, however, are absorbent and more likely to cause problems if not removed often enough, and they are in many cases a chosen method of menstruation management. Dr. Sara also mentioned the risk of scratching internally and that there is no proven way of cleaning them safely. Let me clarify this, you clean your egg before and after using it by either using vinegar and warm water (this is safer than using sterilizing fluid and chemical free), or you can use tea tree oil and water a few drops in warm water is fine. Some sellers recommend boiling the eggs, but I don’t because I don’t want to damage the quality of the egg and it’s a bit overkill to boil them but I understand that sellers are now super vigilant about how they sell their eggs as everyone panics about bacteria. The vagina is teaming with bacteria already and is actually self-cleaning if you would just leave it alone with all those horrible soapy products and femmy perfumes. The best way to clean yourself is to use warm water and a flannel – don’t scrub too hard! Your vagina needs to have the right PH balance, and this is also affected by lifestyle especially drinking alcohol, eating sugary foods and junk. Junk creates funk and creates bodily odor issues in general! Your microbiome dictates the health of your gut and your vagina and colon, so eating cultured foods like sauerkraut, live yogurt with a very ripe banana (just banana no other fruit please) and taking care of your gut health, in general, is the way to go, and a high plant-based diet will also really help your alkalinity, leading to a naturally appealing body scent, but i’m not here to dictate your lifestyle choices, only to make you aware that there is a strong element of truth in that we are what we eat . You are also more likely to get a bacterial infection from an unclean penis than a jade egg. If your egg is a certified smoothly polished to industry standard egg, and as long as there are no internal issues such as scar tissue, or undiagnosed conditions, you will not be harmed by your egg. You don’t need to wear your egg 24 hours a day, and initially, I would suggest sticking to an hour at a time to ease into it, and then just go with it, but some women like to wear their eggs all day long having a cheeky squeeze whenever they feel like it. Please do take it out when you have a wee though, as the egg can sometimes push against the urethra when we go to the loo and prevent a full bladder release.
I recommend though that if you have long nails your more likely to scratch yourself with your nails than your egg, so be careful when inserting the egg if you like long nails lady and stick some marigolds on first before using it to avoid scratching yourself. To this date, there has not been a proven case of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) as a result of using a jade egg, but there has been much speculation, and as a pro jade egg lover, it’s been quite a sad couple of years seeing a practice which has been used for thousands of years being slammed by certain ob-gyn professionals who think they know our vaginas better than us. It is merely a choice in how we choose to do our pelvic floor exercises, and that is our god given right to make our own decisions. I also have noticed silicone products often linked to their websites and blogs and some of these have inbuilt blue tooth devices – that is something I would personally never allow anywhere near my powerhouse, wifi and technology is already a huge drain on our energy so why on earth would we want to put something inside that has yet another signal.
Questions that came up after the interview in comments.
How did she lift that can of baked beans through her trousers?
answer: I am by no means a master of levitation using psychic forces and I’m not a member of the magic circle. I just cut a small hole into my pants and trousers along the seam midway where my perineum is located and once the egg is inside (40x30mm) size with the nylon cord threaded through the hole I then just add the hook and shopping.
She mentioned sipping a cocktail through her back passage, is the egg in her back passage?
No the egg is inside my vagina. I used the visual of sipping a cocktail through a straw up my back passage to engage the correct muscles. So Anus squeezed (not buttocks), relax all the way down, squeeze up, relax down, squeeze up, relax half way down (imagine the egg is in the middle of your vagina and it will follow), and then up up and then all the way down. I then do a series of 10 or more if i’ve got time.
What If The Egg Gets Stuck Up There!
Just don’t panic! they also won’t disappear into your womb via the cervix or into your stomach out through your mouth then coughing it up and out into your cocktail. If your thread string accidentally does come out and the egg is still in there, just squat down as if your going for a number two, relax a little and push gently, your muscles are designed to give birth, you are certainly able to lay an egg with those same muscles – relax and then push! One thing I must add is that if you use an I.U.D such as a marina coil, or any birth control in the cervix area, please consult your GP before doing any intimate weightlifting.
Will This Make My Vagina Super Tight?
A Vagina is designed by nature to be flexible and to stretch to impressive widths so that either a penis or a babies head can be accommodated. If a vagina is too tight it’s not comfortable for either a head or a penis! Before you get that designer vagina and all sewn up unnaturally, try intimate weightlifting first, you don’t want to cut through any interconnected nerve endings and ruin the god given sensations your vagina has to offer just for the sake of having a vogue fanny – in some cases it’s necessary of course. If you have had serious birth complications then that’s different and it is sometimes necessary to have an intervention like an episiotomy.
Your partner will be delighted when you get more involved and start using your internal muscles when making love. Try and slow it down a bit and experiment together once you have got the hang of it and enjoy the results (I’ll be talking more about the sexual side of things at a later date), and guys if you are reading this blog you also need to step up a bit on how to please a woman in bed, so here is a recommendation for you to read.
Ladies back to you, even women who have had C-Sections do not get away scot-free without some pelvic floor issues. The pelvic floor muscle which hangs from the Coccyx bone to the pubic bone is supposed to be like a taut trampoline and is there to support the bladder, the vagina, the womb, and the anus. When a baby grows bigger inside of you the weight of the baby can put immense stress on the pelvic floor hammock. But like any muscle, if you exercise it post birth and in turn encourage blood flow to this area, the circulation and exercise train the pelvic floor to get stronger and back to its rightful place. It will not happen without the work! Also sitting down watching hours of TV, or staring at your phone puts your whole body into bad alignment. Get off the sofa and go for brisk fast walks, pulling up as you go, pull up and engage when you cough, laugh, sneeze. When walking don’t stare at your phone, put it away or in your bag, it’s time to start walking upright again and not slouching and squashing all your organs.
WHAT IS CERTIFIED JADE?
I have tried and tested many eggs over the years, and even used a scalpel on some of them to test for myself to see if they scratch. Also the drill holes are often not correct. Below is an example of a high-grade jadeite egg compared to a marble egg with the drill holes in the wrong place. The one on the left is jadeite and the one on the right is a low-grade egg.
If you are looking for a jade egg and are interested it’s important to buy from a certified seller, and in my opinion the best stones to use are either hetian nephrite, nephrite stone, or jadeite. Jadeite and nephrite are very dense in their interwoven structure, smoothly polished without the use of chemicals or dyes, and though more expensive than cheaper eggs, they also rise in value so they are an investment too, if you condition your pelvic floor using the exercises you will end up saving money in the long run. There are also xiuyan eggs on the market which is a type of serpentine stone, these are lower in price and also very popular as an alternative and very popular. Some women who are interested in the healing aspects of gemstones and who have more esoteric belief systems as a way of life, like to use stones like rose quartz. Rose quartz is more fragile in structure, they can break easily especially if you drop them on the floor or boil them and they are best cleaned using warm water and vinegar, but each to their own. The intention is a mind over matter thing, and if a woman’s intention is to heal herself using rose quartz for self-love and if it works for her this way, then good for her.
Do I need to smudge my egg from bad energy before use with sage?
Errrr nope – it’s a stone, but if you believe in the power of intention then go ahead but be aware the neighbors may end up grassing you up because sage smells like an illegal substance and will make your house smell like it’s been on fire or something! just make sure you clean it before and after use with warm water and vinegar. You can charge it under the full moon, or bury it in the garden, but you might lose it, plus the full moon is only once a month. So for now forget being too esoteric, we are using our egg to sort our muscles out and that needs to start now.
The jade egg practice is used by millions of women all over the world for their intimate journey of self-discovery and empowerment. This incredible stone egg has quite an interesting history that spans over a thousand years, and was originally only used by Queens and Concubines as an aid to strengthen their intimate muscles to please the king. Apparently, the story goes back in those days, if the chosen concubines didn’t please the king well enough with their vaginal kung fu, they were often carted off to live in a cold castle for the rest of their lives – how miserable!
Luckily times have changed and now these eggs have been popularised in the west, and many women have developed a relationship with their egg for their own personal self-confidence and intimate strength and the awareness of them is on the rise.
After the show I was dropped home, and have to admit I did feel more nervous about going to the school gates than ever before, what on earth were people going to think of me if they saw it? Luckily and gratefully two of my friends came up to me and gave me the warmest hug of support and we just had a nice group hug. I had texts from my friends both male and female in support and family too. My husband had some funny texts from some of his male friends pulling faces and holding cans of baked beans and we did giggle a lot at some of the comments. I have also been discussing with some of my lady friends about doing some trials with them for research and we will be working with a qualified G.P as we go. In the States trials have started with other jade egg practitioners and I hope that in the UK we can do the same, the more we do the work, the more likely the jade egg method will recover from all the negative press out there. So watch this space from someone who walks the talk taut and leaky free.
I found this brilliant video on Instagram explaining the pelvic floor muscle and recommend you watch it if you have more time ;).
From the youtube channel mypfm
with love and kindness and openness
In this short video Jade Eggs Global’s Mrs Wright gives a brief introduction to show you how to safely lift weights using your egg.
Please note if you have had any pelvic injury, have had major surgery on your reproductive area, have prolapse or are healing from childbirth, vaginal surgery including mesh construction please check with your G.P or gynecologist first before lifting anything with your vagina. Make sure you are completely healed and free from any bruising. If not done safely and sensibly there could be contraindications. Do not attempt vaginal weightlifting if you are menstruating or use the egg whilst menstruating. Jade Eggs Global accepts no responsibility if you choose to embrace this method.
some items around your house to use as weights (jade eggs global is using a few jars of Marmite spread). 125g 250g and 500g. Start using light weights first and slowly build up to heavier weights over time. Do not start with heavy weights first and take your time.
A sock (to put items in)
some hooks and clips (see video for more detailed explanation)
some privacy! (please do this in your own time and ideally when alone in the house)
first turn off your phone or put on silence for half an hour, then watch the video. If you are watching the video using your phone then stick it onto airplane mode as to not be disturbed.
There has been much hysteria of late regarding the safety of putting a Jade Egg in your Vagina. As a seller it’s been rather entertaining sitting back and watching it all unfold. I was even a week late even noticing the fear mongering blog about the safety of Yoni Eggs which was written by one Ob Gyn Dr Jen Gunter who has publicly shamed actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The website Goop have started selling Yoni Eggs and because Gwyneth Paltrow is somebody who is into alternative lifestyle choices the mainstream have gone a bit bonkers. Dr Gunther had her first pop at Gwyneth when she tried vaginal streaming a couple of years ago and recommended it. (I tried it at home with a bucket and my facial steamer and some herbs and absolutely loved it worked wonders for my PMS and lower back pain). Dr Gunther was also recently on a news channel speculating about the health of Donald Trump who apparently according to some sources takes a mind altering medication that prevents hair from falling out. My personal experience of mainstream Dr’s in general has not always been plain sailing or resulted in healing. In 2003 a year after the birth of my first child I was diagnosed FINALLY with Hashimotos thyroiditis by my own Uncle who has his own surgery and is based in Germany and who suspected I had an underlying health condition due to my puffy face, weak muscle strength and brittle hair. Previous to my diagnosis I was constantly in and out of my local Dr’s Surgery in the UK and asking for more tests as I suspected it was thyroid related but my personal Dr was adamant that I had post natal depression and instead put me on hardcore anti-depressants which made me feel much worse and were not treating the underlying problem which was basically an auto-immune condition making my thyroid inactive. I was also treated in my earlier years by a holistic practitioner called Dr Shyam Singha who used a holistic approach to healthcare rather than using pharmaceuticals, and used to gain more benefit from that approach than stuffing my face with pills and big pharma. For instance at the age of 19 I had epstein bar virus which caused chronic fatigue, and he put me on a fast of grapes and hot water and lemon for a week to help my system clean out from all the beer and cider I had been drinking previously causing a breakdown in my system. I’m allergic to alcohol and don’t drink it now. Back to Dr Gunter, after a breather I decided to comment on her blog with my own personal experience of using Jade Eggs since 2011 after the birth of my third child at 42 but it was not approved. I also noticed that some of the people commenting with valid information and some with many years of experience were either being edited or blocked out therefore at times the thread read out of context and seemed a bit one sided.
Example: I responded to this earlier but since my comment has disappeared, let me reiterate. There is NO difference between the materials of the cheaper version of the egg and a dildo. And since Maneewan Chia and other teachers of the Healing Tao sytem had all students remove their eggs once their routine was completed the only difference between using an egg or your favourite sex toy would be purpose. And since you haven’t explored any variations of purpose here, you obviously have written your article simply to take a swipe at Gwyneth Paltrow. You speak in absolutes with no studies to back you up, and your attacks are absurd. Ms Paltrow has simply stated an opinion which you disagree with, but you respond as if she’s practising medicine without a licence while forgetting there are other cultures who have made use of these same practises for centuries. Your article is simply your opinion versus hers. What a waste. (Charles Souphos)
Dr Jen Gunter: Dunno, I looked up jade on multiple sites and it was called porous. If you use that thing called Google you can find information as well.
Women don’t have special energy, I find that insulting. And no thanks on the self experimentation, the fact that a rock in your vagina for periods of time can be harmful to the pelvic floor muscles is pretty much a guarantee if you know how they work. People are free to do what they want, but claiming this can change hormones or aura or the like means you believe in magic. I don’t
Charles Souphos: Just leave it at “Dunno”.
As a seller since 2011 i’ve done my fair share of pacing up and down this past week, because lots of tabloid press and fake news channels have jumped on the bandwagon – lets face it anything to do with Vaginas normally grabs attention of some sort or other. If I had one of those bluetooth heart monitor thingy’s that measure stress levels like a watch or app, it would have told me to sit down and watch a film or meditate. I cannot deny that this news has made me want to react passionately with bells and whistles, especially when I see pelvic floor silicon bluetooth devices being advertised on some of those negative fake news feeds. Thing is I don’t plug myself in 24/7 or use an app to manage my health, pelvic floors, heart rate etc, so instead I asked for guidance from my intuition which told me that this news of late is actually a very positive thing, and it’s actually raising awareness, and that it’s now time for all sellers and users over the world to join together and start doing the clinical trials which to date have not been done so that we can firstly prove to the ney slayers that actually it is a safe alternative if used correctly and hygienically, and that they do work with amazing results – I know because it’s worked wonders for me and that is why I decided to start selling them in 2011 till now and onwards.
Instead of reacting angrily I decided to connect to other sellers and pro Yoni Egg practitioners and was firstly very happy to receive a nice reply from Leyla Martin who has her own story to tell and who has been teaching yoni egg practise and who recently posted a short youtube video in response to Dr Gunters speculation with Saida Desilets. It was great seeing too shining vibrant women sharing openly their voice. The only thing that I disagreed with Saida was that with Jadeite you cannot control the source (33:36 / 39:34 into the video link above) At Jade Eggs Global we sell very high grade Jadeite yoni eggs which have been certified by GIA and are not artificially dyed or manufactured with harmful chemicals, but again Jadeite is slowly on the rise in popularity and Nephrite is the buzz word right now and Jadeite is more expensive so if you do want Jadeite please buy from it from me because mine is authentic high grade and 100% real Jade, and indeed it is a great investment that will rise in price as the years go by. Also relating to the wax comment. When they do the drilling process the eggs are covered in wax to prevent scratching, this is a food grade wax to protect the egg drill site from scratching or slipping during the process ;), the eggs are after all made by hand. I ask for photos from the factories where the eggs are made as i’m a bit of a snooper and like to know everything in great detail and they are ALL covered in wax before the drilling process and then washed and smoothly polished using tumblestones. It’s like a spinning machine mixed with the eggs and tumblestones moving fast until they are polished.
I also have met many wholesalers and in my early days as a seller I was ripped off by a wholesaler with fake jade which scratched easily and it took me quite a while to find the two trusted sources I now have who didn’t have hidden agendas to take over the yoni egg community who would source me the finest yoni eggs. People like that are actually very hard to find especially in an ever expanding market place. I would now consider my suppliers as friends.
Here in the UK where my business is based I am also going to do some trials and will keep you updated with the results, it’s much harder in the UK to even mention vaginas as us brits are a bit prudish, but we have our own approach to it and slowly awareness is spreading. The first trial I am going to do is take vaginal swabs before and after using a yoni egg for 24 hours. Though this is not advised generally to wear them for that long, I am doing it to prove to you my customers that they are indeed safe to use. There is a difference between porous and absorbent, if you put anything under a microscope you will find it porous in some way, the danger is if something is absorbent – and some fake stones out there such as helu which is a made up name is definitely a fake stone, and anything that scratches easily could harbour bacteria, however your more likely to catch something nasty from an unwashed penis or a plastic dildo or a tampon, menstrual cup left in too long etc… There is also much speculation about Xiuyan Jade, which is from the serpentine family, this is one of our biggest sellers as it’s more abundant and cost effective – i’ve never had any issues with Xiuyan personally and it’s actually one of of my favourite yoni eggs and so I continue to sell them. There is a nephrite wholesaler who goes out of his way to slam Xiuyan because he wants all jade egg sellers to wholesale his branded nephrite eggs and I personally have a healthy british cynicism in that when somebody slags off another brand to gain dominance over the market place, and they don’t have a vagina then it’s sorry but no thanks I will think for myself. We now source our Nephrite from one of our trusted wholesalers which are equal in quality Hetian Nephrite.
As Dr Jen Gunther is moderating her comments on her blog, including mine, I thought I would instead share some of the responses through my own channel and here are some of the pro Jade Egg opinions that stood out to me.
Here was the comment that never got approved. Out of politeness I decided not to plug my own shop in the comment section and instead commented as a Jade Egg user.
I’ve read your article.
I’ve been using a jade egg for 6 years now (Nephrite, Jadeite and Xiuyan which is from the serpentine family). I have never had an infection as a result of using them, nor have I seen any cases by doing extensive searches where a woman has had toxic shock syndrome as a result of using the jade egg, and all i’m seeing here is speculation – out of concern and after seeing your post I just had to investigate further but have seen nothing proving this.
Personally since using my jade eggs my sexual health and confidence has really improved (I have 3 beautiful children for which i’m grateful and each weighted in a around 8.10lb when they were born so my pelvic floor was significantly weakened as a result. I am a 48 year old woman and my sex life with my husband is important to us both for obvious reasons and my husband really enjoys all the techniques i’ve mastered as a result of learning how to use them properly with Tatyana Kozhevnikova who has over 25 years experience using eggs and weights (I did a weekend workshop with her). I do agree that it’s important to learn how to use the eggs correctly and if a woman has had any serious issues or intimate surgery or is not healed post birth should not use them unless assisted by a professional such as yourself. During the workshop we did womb meditations, breathing exercises, and used gentle exercise engaging the core and PC muscles using the eggs with weights attached. By the end of the workshop I was glowing and felt a deep connection to my whole being and had a very happy and connected vagina. Tatyana Kozhevnikova is also like yourself qualified.
You said: This post on jade eggs can’t possibly “highlight alternative studies” as no studies were provided. I have read many so-called health practices on GOOP and rarely, if ever, found even a quasi-scientific study in a predatory journal to back them up. It may shock you, Dear Reader, but there are no studies on jade egg wearing. To hide behind the word “studies” is nothing more than chicanery. How many people will check? A more correct, but perhaps less lucrative, term would be “alternative therapies.”
A jade eggthusiast is a “medical practitioner” in the way a magician is a “medical practitioner.” Interviewing an eggthusiast about the pelvic floor is no different from putting up Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. There are actual experts in things, you know? But then again at GOOP it’s all about Brand.
I have to agree with some of this, and it’s a shame that no studies have been done so thats a very good idea to actually maybe do some extensive research with jade eggs and find a reliable scientist to do extensive testing on them. GOOP is about brand identity but so what, I don’t have a problem with that side of it. I even tried vaginal steaming at home using a bucket, some herbs (rosemary) and a facial steamer with a towel and I have to say it worked wonders for my aching lower back and menstrual cramps. Going back to Tatyana, I chose her to help me because she walks the talk and is qualified and again has over 25 years experience in this field of intimate fitness, and again from experience with her it worked a treat for me and continues to do so.
At the end of the day it’s a personal choice as to wether one uses natural stone, or silicone gimmicky bluetooth ’gadgets’ (which btw I have noticed are connected to your article and I do wonder if this is a scam to destroy all the jade egg businesses out there and then endorse these expensive products which actually cost more than a jade egg?) You say that $66 is a scam, well I think £149 is extortionate! Some of these artificial gadgets which now use blutooth devices connect to your mobile phone, or silly looking pads that you have to attach to your muscles – what a faff! they are designed again to put the fear into women thinking they need an app to have intimate wellness! Personally I cannot bear the idea of using a blutooth device up my vagina giving off data to a mobile app or kegel game. I’ve also tried regular kegels and they didn’t work plus they were boring and I kept forgetting to do them. With the Jade Egg skills I’ve learned not only is it fun, I actually remember to do them, and when I add light weights I can really feel a difference. Products that are made of silicon with inbuilt bluetooth – well we have enough to deal with wifi frequencies disturbing our sleep and daily lives as it is, I personally think that a natural gemstone jade egg is like the vaginal faraday cage of our time and I enjoy the connection I have to my natural gemstone jade egg just by tuning in having a quiet moment away from a screen, and btw i’m only mentioning these other products as I noticed they are connected to your blog and all the countless newsfeeds that have scare mongered all the jade egg lovers out there using your blog rant. Correct me if i’m wrong but your more likely to catch something nasty from an unwashed dick than a jade stone, if you actually know anything about jade stone which I don’t believe you do. However i’ll give the benefit of the doubt as there are many fake stones out there like helu which is a type of marble and agreed those ones are more porous and they do scratch easily so I grant you that those ones are potentially hazardous, I know because I bought one before I knew anything about Jade and as soon as I saw it scratch easily I got rid of it. But Jades such as Hetian Nephrite or Jadeite has a tightly woven structure and are smoothly polished, I’ve done scratch tests using a scalpel and they don’t scratch. Nephrite is really tough.
Mohs Hardness: 6.0 – 7.0
Specific density: 2.8 – 3.03
Reflection index: 1.61 – 1.63
Structure: Monoclinic; inter grown fine fibrous aggregate.
I’m here defending the Jade Egg Practise which has been used for hundreds of years before gyn obs even existed. It is my personal choice, my vagina, and I stand firmly by it, I absolutely love and have a bond with my Vagina and my Jade Egg. I don’t know Gwyneth Paltrow personally, but I salute her for embracing the Jade Egg practise, I did have a giggle at her thinking a womb is a yoni but i’ll forgive her for that. Again it’s a choice and women shouldn’t have the fear put up them by people like yourself, who are damaging something that has existed for a very long time, but your also damaging other peoples businesses with your strong opinions and you have not done enough research on jade stone from what I can see – it’s just one opinion and I talk from experience – and I think 6 years experience is valid too and they work really well for me, fantastically well – fact!
I liked this comment from Leyla Martin, Leyla recently also very openly shared her experience of sexual abuse which must have been extremely traumatic for her, it was extremely brave of her to share this experience and i’m sure it has helped many other women who have suffered the same experiences. Many women like the egg shape for this reason too. Here is Leyla’s comment. I wrote to her personally and thanked her for writing it.
Hi Dr. Jen Gunter,
Since you posted your take-down of the Goop article on jade eggs with the underlying premise of protecting women and their health, I’d like to bring up a few issues that I have with your letter and the resulting attention that has ensued.
1. Working with a jade egg is more than just putting a stone up your vagina. There is a whole practice to it, involving squeezing and releasing various muscles inside of the vagina in addition to mindfulness training around the sensations inside of the vagina. It is a 15 – 30 minute practice that allows a woman to focus on her sexual sensations and connection to her own body while developing sensitivity and awareness.
Both muscular strength building and sensate focus are scientifically proved strategies for enhancing sexual experiences.
You requested scientific articles, so here they are:
2. When you write that a woman should use Kegel weights instead it rings exactly like when people used to say (and still say) why would you do yoga? Why not just stretch at the gym? The jade egg practice actually is a system, much like the yoga tradition. It comes from the Taoist tradition in China and was brought to the USA mostly through the lineage of Mantak Chia. There is much, much more to it than just putting a stone up your vagina just like yoga is a system involving a whole lot more than stretching.
I agree with you that there are currently no scientific studies proving (or disproving) the effectiveness of a jade egg practice. But a lack of scientific evidence is not proof of anything if no studies have been conducted.
3. You’ve made several unscientific claims yourself. Including that the jade egg could cause toxic shock syndrome. I’d be curious, first of all, to know if you turn your vitriol and righteousness towards tampon sellers and producers and enthusiasts? After all, tampons actually have killed women, whereas jade eggs have not. If you really are here to protect women’s health, I’d love to see the action you’ve taken on products that actually have harmed women currently and in the past. You recommend, interestingly, plastic, which does have scientific research showing that it is an actual disruptor of the female reproductive system.
While silicon can be safe, many, many silicon toys are created with toxic materials that are scientifically proven to cause cancer. Where is your outrage there? Why are you recommending two materials that have been directly and scientifically linked to harming the female reproductive system while attacking a material that it is probably safe to say doesn’t have enough scientific evidence one way or another. If you are going to recommend using silicone, it’s incredibly important to make sure that it’s 100% silicone.
4. The claim that a jade egg practice can affect female hormones is less outlandish when you consider that it is a full 15 – 30 minute sexual practice. A man having a short conversation with a beautiful woman can change his hormones – so what would make you think a woman engaging in a sexually based activity wouldn’t be changing hers?
5. Several sex toys are manufactured with stone, including the Laid D-1 moonstone dildo which is sold at major US sex-toy shops including Babeland in the US. The finishing of the manufacturer can change whether the stone is safe for internal use and so perhaps it would make more sense to focus on the manufacturing process instead.
6. Walking around with the jade egg inside is only a small piece of the practice – much akin to a head stand in yoga. Most of the practices involve lying down and squeezing and releasing the vaginal muscles. A trained and skilled jade egg teacher knows this and guides appropriately so as not to cause tension in the pelvic floor.
7. Your outrage that a woman could measure her own feminine energy is kind of surprising. After all, a patient’s subjective experience matters, and you ought to know that as a doctor. Belief matters. Context matters. Experience matters. So if a woman spends $66 and experiences more energy, pleasure and joy…who are you to attack her for feeling that way? Or to make it seem like women aren’t intelligent enough to track their own subjective experiences without an Obgyn there with a ph stick to confirm it?
8. Your assumption that a woman would do the jade egg practice and then deny herself appropriate medical treatment is an unsubstantiated allegation. Again, I’ll use yoga as a metaphor. It’s like saying people shouldn’t do yoga because there might be some people who use yoga in place of a necessary medical intervention. That’s really disempowering to everyone. If someone feels like choosing holistic care over a medical intervention – that’s on them – and if a yoga teacher is telling students not to go to the doctor or to disregard medical advice – then it can become an issue of responsibility. But teaching yoga in and of itself isn’t dangerous just because some people might then not choose medical advice. The same goes for the jade egg practice.
I found it really sad that your article became a rallying cry for many conservative news outlets to say, “Hey! A woman had the courage and audacity in Goop to write about a sexual practice that she found personally enriching!” and now we have a way to make her look like an absolute fool by disempowering her entire personal experience with their words of one medical professional. That’s the way women have been treated when they talk about their own birth, their own health and their own sexuality for way too long.
I think ultimately, the medical profession should be a two way street. You ought to listen. And stay curious about things that you don’t really know the answer too.
Yes, we should listen to research. And yes, if something is conclusively proven to be harmful then people should definitely avoid it. But the fact that one gynecologist (who in no way speaks for the whole profession) has an opinion about something (not actual proof) can cause everyone to discount the personal experiences of tens of thousands of women – that’s the patriarchy right there for you and I feel you played right into their hands.
Instead of asking questions – you made assumptions.
I’ve been a jade egg practitioner for almost ten years. I’ve experienced so much self-love, sexual pleasure and joy in my own practice. I’ve seen so many women experience the same. Many cry during their first practice because they’ve never connected with their own body in such a present, loving and empowering way.
I sell jade eggs and I have done extensive research about the manufacturing and care process. I don’t recommend that anyone uses a jade egg for longer than 8 hours internally and I only recommend that women wear the jade egg around if they try it and like it and it feels good for them.
But I am always open to feedback and investigation. If it turned out that jade truly wasn’t safe for internal use, I would discontinue the sale of my jade eggs. I truly care more about women’s health than I do about money.
However, I’ve sold nearly ten thousand jade eggs and I’ve worked with teacher who have sold tens of thousands of other jade eggs and no health problems have ever been reported. I’ve worked with my manufacturer to ensure that the eggs are not bleached or treated in any way that makes them more porous and I recommend that clients take appropriate hygienic steps before and after use of the egg.
Stone is used in several different types of sex toys here in the US and I’ve looked into the process there as well.
I’d like to to take you at your word when you say you really care about women’s health. I think you’ve actually made it harder for a lot of women to engage in a practice that might be an incredibly beautiful support to themselves and their lives and their bodies without really knowing the answers yourself. And you’ve successfully shamed two other women who are clearly interested in advancing the exploration in what is possible for a woman’s sexuality and health outside of the mainstream.
Do they deserve to be questioned? Sure.
Do they deserve to be shamed? Of course not.
Should tests be done to find out whether jade can cause toxic shock syndrome? Yes.
Should jade egg teachers be aware of how to best guide their students to create health and strength and connection and not overwork the pelvis into a state of tension? Yes. Just like yoga teachers. You need to be aware of how to teach properly to avoid injury. But that doesn’t mean the practice isn’t worthwhile.
I’m open to asking the important questions about jade eggs to find out whether they are fully safe and how to do the practice in the way that is most supportive to a woman’s health.
But I’m not about to buy into a bunch of unsubstantiated fear from a medical professional operating way out of the bounds of her expertise and scientific research. That fear has kept many women silent and disconnected from their own wisdom for far too long.
A little humility about what you know and what you don’t — and listening to women themselves goes a long way.
The mainstream media doesn’t feel that way. But a gynecologist who stands for the protection and empowerment of women really ought to.
Kim Anami wants a http://kimanami.com/the-100000-vagina/ with Dr Gunter – hilarious! I look forward to seeing the VAG off results.
Jade Eggs Global have worked closely with the founder of intimate weightlifting Tatyana Kozhevnikova, we wanted to empower women who bought our eggs and show them how to learn how to use them correctly and safely https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vaginalkungfu
On a final note are Jade Eggs Magical? All I can say is intention is a powerful thing – it’s up to you how you set yours, and that is your own private business.
Recently a friend of mine showed me a link to a new kegel exercise tool which has inbuilt bluetooth that connects to your phone. This new product connects to your iphone and measures the contracts as you do your kegels, but is it just a gimmick?. My personal opinion is that despite thinking it’s a great idea, and probably good fun in many ways, I believe through our own experience and training that to really enhance your intimate workout you firstly need to start using weights and also need to go inwards and really abandon your phone and trust your own natural born instincts to truly connect to your vagina and that we are becoming enslaved to our digital life already as it is. Women hold a lot of their stress in the womb area and also in the vagina, so it’s important to again really tune in when doing your intimate muscle training and to ‘feel’, and heal, rather than worry about how many squeezes you’ve done and stare at your phone. Also data is data, and it’s not as private as we may think.
Also despite not really knowing much about how bluetooth works, i’m wondering if it’s a good idea to have these frequencies so close to our most intimate area and energy chakra – the moolhadara chakra which is located at the base of our spine. By using natural gemstone which have their own god given energy and are safe to use, and again through my own personal experience I feel a deep connection and support from the stone and a more grounded feeling. I have chosen not to digitise my vagina!
The choice is yours.
If you would like to know more about intimate weightlifting and learn from one of the worlds leading experts in this field Tatyana Kozhenikova from Russia who has over 20 years experience with intimate muscle health. Together with jade eggs global we provide a feature length video showing all the useful positions and techniques to help get you started. There is a short introduction video, and to gain full access there is a small rental fee.
Vaginal Kung Fu TRAINING VIDEO.
It is so exciting to finally be able to share with you the story of how this all started. It’s been a very long journey trying to track down Tatyana Kozhevnikova and I had to do a lot of research in the process. Here is my story on how it all started.
4 years ago at the age of 42 I had my third child, a beautiful baby boy. I was two years into a new relationship with my wonderful husband and being a typical woman in her 40’s wanted to keep myself trim and fit so that I could keep my relationship healthy too, our intimate life is a very good one ;). I started barefoot running to begin with and worked on 5 albums with an amazing tutor called Helen Hall who taught me how to fly fly fly (I am a music composer by trade). As time went by, I realised that I needed to work on my intimate muscles especially as I was running a lot which can put a strain on the pelvic floor hammock. One day over coffee a friend of mine told me about the jade egg practise, I was amazed I had never heard of it! She said to me ‘Oh oh! You will LOVE this, this is right up your street. So I did some research and bought my own one. I began to use it. I noticed a massive improvement and connection to my intimate muscles, and would be more aware of pulling up as I ran with the egg inside me. I then decided to start selling them and eventually found trustworthy supplies who manufactured perfect eggs made out of genuine jade stone. Now 4 years later I can proudly say that we source our eggs from some of the best suppliers in the world. I then met a beautiful woman called Dakini who makes leather products, and asked her if she could make me a medicine pouch to store my eggs in. She made a lovely soft leather pouch which I decorated with feathers and gemstones and asked if she would like to join me in my business. She agreed to, and has been handcrafting the leather pouches ever since.
One day I was looking at the soft leather pouch which I used to store the eggs in and was thinking of ways to improve my work out and had an idea to add weights to the pouch and attach it to the string with the egg inside. I noticed it made me work a bit harder lifting the egg and my toning was improving as I experimented. I then did some googling about intimate weightlifting and came across a video of Tatyana Kozhevnikova lifting a giant heavy crystal ball with her intimates! I thought to myself this woman knows something we all need to know! So I managed to contact her and we set up a skype meeting with a translator. We invited Tatyana to the UK and set up a weekend course with her and did a workshop lasting 6 hours per day. It was quite a challenge at times communicating with Tatyana as she only speaks Russian, but we had a lot of fun using google translate which was hilarious at times as it doesn’t always translate correctly!
I was amazed at Tatyana’s technique and skills, and being a little bit shy felt very comfortable with the other ladies in our group, as we didn’t have to show anything off and could wear a skirt or leggings for discretion. With over 20 years experience, a guiness world book of records holder for lifting 14kg’s with her intimate muscles, I knew that Tatyana Kozhevnikova is the genuine innovator of this method, that others have copied her methods and gone onto be famous for it. What struck me about Tatyana was that she was also a very sweet person, a true lady, and had quite an aura about her, and I decided that she was the one to collaborate with for our advanced workout programme. So as a company we invited her to do a training video with us that we could translate into all languages and help women to understand how to do intimate weightlifting safely and correctly. We hope that you benefit greatly from our tutorial video.