One of the more controversial products available to buy on Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop are the $55-$66 eggs for your vagina. According to the site, users of the eggs experience better sex, an improved hormonal balance and an increase in “feminine energy”. This is all fine – different strokes for different folks etc. After all, both the jade and rose quartz versions of the eggs are sold out.
What’s not OK is the potential harm carrying a heavy rock in your vagina all day can cause. Dr. Jen Gunter, a Canadian gynaecologist, has denounced the eggs as dangerous in an open letter to Paltrow. Jade is a porous material, so potential bacteria can cling to the egg. Once that egg is inserted into a vagina, the user is at risk of bacterial vaginosis or, more worryingly, toxic shock syndrome – a life-threatening condition.
The stones are basically an extended Kegel exercise, as the user will have to continuously squeeze her vaginal muscles, lest they want to lay an actual egg in the middle of a meeting. Gunter points out that is is also a dangerous feature. “Your pelvic floor muscles are not meant to contract continuously,” she writes. “Overenthusiastic Kegel exercises or incorrectly done Kegel exercises are a cause of pelvic pain and pain with sex in my practice.”
Goop’s interview with beauty “guru” Shiva Rose about the eggs only adds to the confusion. Rose refers to the womb cleansing powers of the egg, despite the vagina being a completely different part of the reproductive system. As well as boiling it, she says a good way to keep the egg clean (and not give yourself an infection) is to put it out under the light of a full moon. Probably best not to rely on that.