Jade eggs. Ever heard of them? No? Oh, well let me explain.
Jade eggs are pretty much exactly that.
Gwyneth Paltrow's company, Goop, sells these jade rocks that are about the same size and shape of an egg that you are supposed to put in your vagina.
Well, that is dependent on who you want to listen to.
If you listen to Gwyneth, Goop, and some doctors that she has worked with, they say "jade eggs harness the power of energy work, crystal healing, and a Kegel-like physical practice. Fans say regular use increases chi, orgasms, vaginal muscle tone, hormonal balance, and feminine energy in general."
If you believe some doctors that are not affiliated with Gwyneth and Goop, jade eggs are just a waste of money.
Dr. Jen Gunter is an OB-GYN and blogger that has been a harsh critic of many of Goop's products, including the jade eggs.
Dr. Gunter's recently posted a message on her website, criticizing the product.
In part, she wrote, "As for the recommendation that women sleep with a jade egg in their vaginas I would like to point out that jade is porous which could allow bacteria to get inside and so the egg could act like a fomite. This is not good, in case you were wondering. It could be a risk factor for bacterial vaginosis or even the potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome."
She continued, "Regarding the suggestion to wear the jade egg while walking around, well, I would like to point out that your pelvic floor muscles are not meant to contract continuously. In fact, it is quite difficult to isolate your pelvic floor while walking so many women could actually clench other muscles to keep the egg inside."
Goop and Dr. Steven Gundry quickly came to the products defense.
Rather than arguing with Dr. Gunter's science, they simply focused on her tone, which they found to be a bit aggressive.
So, essentially, when Gwyneth and Goop were actually challenged on their science and their recommendation to shove a potentially life threatening stone up your privates, they pulled the it-doesn't-hurt-to-hear-other-options card.
Read the full story at Vox