It’s a crystal… It’s an egg… No, it’s a yoni egg! Introduced into mainstream culture by actress and Goop founder, Gwyneth Paltrow, yoni eggs are crystals in the shape of eggs that are meant to be inserted into a woman’s vagina.
But why? Proponents of yoni eggs insist that they can be combined with special exercises to do everything from strengthen pelvic floor muscles to increase the intensity of orgasms. There are also claims that the different crystals that make up each egg have metaphysical properties capable of improving your health and quality of life in numerous ways.
So let’s take a look at the history and benefits of these miracle eggs.
History of Yoni Eggs
When yoni eggs first made their debut into popular culture, manufacturers and wellness sites claimed that they had ancient Chinese origins. Jade yoni eggs were supposedly used by Chinese empresses and royal concubines to enhance sexuality, maintain youth, and channel chi (life force).
Alas, these assertions have been thoroughly debunked after an extensive review of historical texts and artifacts turned up nothing even closely relating to yoni eggs.
Yoni eggs are most likely a modern invention, and false claims about their history are at best a deceitful marketing tactic and at worst a failed attempt at cultural appropriation. But, like many wellness products, just because yoni eggs have modern origins doesn’t mean they can’t offer physical, mental, or emotional benefits to their users.
There are still diehard proponents of yoni eggs despite the backlash on their marketing, and yoni eggs continue to be a popular product for women looking for new ways to improve their wellbeing.
What Are the Benefits of Yoni Eggs?
There are a multitude of reasons to use yoni eggs. We’ll talk about some more in detail below, but here are some benefits at a glance:
- Assist recovery after childbirth
- Prevent or treat urinary incontinence
- Enhance sexual pleasure
- Reduce menstrual cramps
- Help achieve more intense orgasms
- Strengthen vaginal muscles
- Provide metaphysical properties associated with the individual gemstones and crystals
1. Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor
The primary benefit associated with using yoni eggs is strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. So what are these muscles, and what do they do?
Your pelvic muscles are tied to uterus, bowel, and bladder health. After we go through childbirth, suffer from certain illnesses or injuries, or begin to grow older, these muscles can weaken. This can result in a number of issues, including incontinence, painful sex, and uncontrolled flatulence.
Kegels are perhaps the most well-known way to regain strength in these muscles, but there are many targeted exercises you can try as well. But you can also use yoni eggs as a tool to improve results.
2. More Intense Orgasms
Many yoni egg users swear that using a yoni egg can heighten the pleasure they feel between the sheets. This is also tied to strengthening your pelvic floor muscles.
Having a stronger pelvic floor both increases sensation during intercourse and intensifies vaginal contractions during an orgasm, which can lead to a more pleasurable experience for both you and your partner.
So if you want better orgasms, try out your yoni egg with a few targeted exercises!
3. Metaphysical Properties and Body Awareness
Not everyone buys into the idea of crystal healing, chakras, or spiritual energy within the body. But for those who do, yoni eggs are an excellent addition to your metaphysical wellness routine.
Women using yoni eggs for the first time often report feeling more in tune with their femininity and sexual selves. “Yoni,” after all, is the Sanskrit word for not just the vulva, but the creative energy and potential apparent in every woman.
If you’re a crystal healer or user, you will also be happy to know that yoni eggs come in many of the same materials and minerals you’re familiar with. Rose quartz and jade tend to be the most popular options. And it’s always fun to pick and choose the crystal yoni egg that speaks to you.
Safely Using Your Yoni Egg
Like any other new wellness product, it’s important to know how to use a yoni egg safely. This is especially true when that product will be inserted into your vagina.
Don’t Overdo it
Some celebrities and companies insist that you can wear your yoni egg all day. Some people even talk about sleeping with them in.
But like all things, yoni eggs are best when used in moderation. Over exercising your pelvic floor muscles can cause them to become hyperactive or strained, which can lead to painful intercourse. Also, leaving your stone in overnight heightens your chances of developing infections like toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which can be life-threatening.
It only takes 15-20 minutes of use every day to see positive results from your yoni egg.
Keep Your Egg Clean
Yoni eggs are made from crystals, and crystals are porous by nature. This means that it’s easy for bacteria to hide out on their surface. So it is very important for yoni users to clean their yoni eggs properly.
Some yoni egg users boil their eggs. While this is a great way to kill any bacteria on your egg, some crystals will crack under such intense heat.
Most yoni egg users clean their eggs with organic soap (this is, after all, going to be going back into an extremely sensitive part of your body). If the egg has a drilled hole, they will also soak the egg in water with a bit of food grade hydrogen peroxide.
By keeping your yoni egg clean, you can ensure that you get all the benefits of using your egg without risking an infection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you sleep with a yoni egg?
While some users do, most medical professionals advise against sleeping with your yoni egg in. Just like any foreign object you put in your vagina, it can accumulate bacteria if not removed and cleaned regularly. This can lead to serious and even life-threatening ailments.
How often should you use your yoni egg?
Many people use them multiple times a day or even overnight. But for best results, using them with targeted exercises once daily for 15-20 minutes will provide you with all the benefits of the yoni egg without overstraining your pelvic floor muscles or risking infection.
Do yoni eggs feel good?
For many women, the answer to this is a resounding yes! Users often speak about how using a yoni egg makes them feel more connected with their “yoni” – a word used for both the vagina and a woman’s immense creative potential. They feel empowered by using a yoni egg, and they often report experiencing better orgasms after using yoni eggs for a short time.
Do yoni eggs balance hormones?
Early advertisements claiming that yoni eggs could balance a woman’s hormones are completely unsubstantiated. While many users claim the eggs have metaphysical effects on their mood and emotional health, there is nothing to suggest that they will alter or balance your hormones.
Can yoni eggs get stuck?
No, they can’t. But for new users, they can be difficult to remove at first. Just remember: yoni eggs are much larger than the opening to your cervix, so they can’t get too far. But if you’re worried about struggling to remove your egg, there are yoni egg options that include strings that will allow you to pull the egg out easily. Just remember that these eggs have holes drilled into them and, as a result, need more intensive cleaning than an undrilled yoni egg!
Can yoni eggs cause infections?
Yes, they can. That is why it is so important to properly clean your yoni egg and not leave it in for too long. The crystals yoni eggs are made of are porous, which means bacteria can settle in and hide in the stones. You should remove and clean your egg regularly to prevent infection.