Gwyneth Paltrow is at it again
Once again, Gwyneth Paltrow is offering medical advice to women. The actress and founder of the lifestyle publication Goop who has previously promoted controversial advice is now suggesting that women put jade eggs in their vagina for “better sex” and “overall well-being.”
In a post titled “Better Sex: Jade Eggs for Your Yoni”, Paltrow claims the eggs, once the secret of Chinese concubines and royalty in antiquity, harness the power of energy work, crystal healing and a Kegel-like physical practice. They sell for $66 and are currently sold out, according to the Goop website, but are not FDA-approved.
Celebrities reach consumers daily with messages, whether promoting movies, products or health advice. But are their claims substantiated?
In this case, physicians are advising caution.
“Placing a jade egg in the vagina has not been shown to have any benefit through evidence-based and peer reviewed trials and can absolutely cause harm,” warns Dr. Jennifer Balash, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill,
In fact, Balash warns prolonged use can cause infection. “The pelvic floor should not be perpetually contracted and may result in additional dysfunction,” she says. “In addition, the vagina and uterus do not need to be cleansed by an egg, douching, or anything else. The body has a great way of regulating itself.”
If a woman does have abnormal discharge or odor, menstrual cycle irregularities, symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction or any other health concern, Dr. Balash recommends consulting a doctor or healthcare provider.
So while the verdict may be out on other celebrity claims, the bottom line for jade eggs is beware.
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