Why Doctors & Research Say Jade Eggs Are Safe, Gwyneth Paltrow!

The word is out!

Jade Eggs are dangerous and can cause TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).

Basically, beware – using a jade egg could kill you!

Or at least that was the unsubstantiated allegations written by ONE gynecologist on her blog who writes, “Nothing here is…medical advice…or the practice of medicine.”

Dr. Jen Gunter made these outrageous statements with no research, evidence or first hand experience of the jade egg practice other than reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog last week.

Basically, it was her personal opinion founded in nothing but uneducated guesses.

But the way the global media carried it, you might have mistaken it for the gospel truth.

Isn’t proper journalism based on facts and not just sensationalism?

Well, obviously not.

The Danger Lies In False Allegations

Although I actually agree with many of Dr. Gunter’s points, attacking someone inappropriately and making false allegations isn’t professional behavior, and her condescending attitude clearly isn’t one of a woman who endorses women’s empowerment, despite her claims to do so.

False allegations are statements that are unproven and untrue in the spirit of deliberateness or deceit.

Dr. Gunter’s statement was unfounded since there is not one single case or study linking the use of Jade Eggs with TSS.

Jade eggs have been used in the United States for over 30 years by tens of thousands of women with no reported health issues.

But that doesn’t mean one couldn’t happen…so let’s dig deeper into the allegation that a Jade Egg could cause TSS with actual research and medical opinions.

How common is TSS – Toxic Shock Syndrome?

“TSS is rare, and more importantly, S. aureus has preferred conditions in which it is more likely to flourish, and this is with a synthetic, super absorbent tampon.” – Sharra L. Vostral, PhD, Published with the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Dec/2011.

The research indicates that TSS appeared when tampons changed from cotton to synthetic fibers, providing the perfect atmosphere for the S. Aureus bacteria to grow.

This study shows us that even full cotton tampons have an exceptionally low risk of TSS, so how can the Jade Egg, unable to absorb a heavy menstrual flow and typically never worn during the menstrual cycle, be linked to this condition?

“In all of my years of practice, I have never seen any poor outcomes from women using a jade egg vaginally.  Given the inert quality of the stone, I think that the risk of TSS or other infection is negligible.”– Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, MHS

I agree that women who are just sold a Jade or Yoni egg without proper hygienic and technical instruction are not well-informed and could be doing more harm than good.

Here’s what a leading Ob-Gyn has to say about Jade Eggs and TSS:

“Toxic shock syndrome is very rare, usually seen in menstruating women using high absorbency tampons, with prolonged use.  Although the jade is porous, it is not absorbent.  The association of TSS with hyper-absorbable tampons is thought to be due to accumulation of blood in the polyester foam cubes and chips of carboxymethylcellulose; the increased vaginal pH in menstruation from 4.5 to 7.4; and the presence of both oxygen and carbon dioxide in the vagina during menstruation.  These factors promote growth conditions for S aureus (the bacteria responsible) growth.  Jade eggs are not worn during menstruation, and do not accumulate blood.  They can be boiled regularly for hygiene. Based on these facts, the risk for TSS from proper jade egg use, i.e. The Desilets Method, is very low.” – Debra Wickman, MD, FACOG

Controversy Inspires Higher Standards

But there was a benefit to this whole episode because some of what Dr. Gunter pointed out is true.

Without proper guidance on hygiene and pelvic floor movements, the jade egg could be a dangerous practice.

Just like Yoga, without a properly trained teacher, a beautiful practice could cause harm.

And many many businesses have begun to sell jade eggs without proper safety standards in place.

If a jade egg is bleached, fake or manufactured improperly, it can become brittle and potentially dangerous.

My colleague, Layla Martin, shared that many crystals currently in use, such as rose quartz, that don’t have the internal toughness necessary for intimate use and contributed this piece of research:

Nephrite jade has an “extreme toughness” due to “microscopic features” in the “orientations of its crystallites, and the nature of its grain boundaries.”  – M. Dorling and J. Zussman, published in the Department of Geology at the University of Manchester, 1985.

Many businesses sell jade eggs without holes to tie disposable string to remove the egg, and for some women with prolapse or specific vaginal orientations, this can make the egg extremely difficult to remove.

So, yes, it’s appropriate to react and be wary of the woo-woo “McEgg” BS.

And, it’s inappropriate to attack and shame a woman, especially in the name of women’s empowerment.

It’s called a “false allegation” to make a claim that is not substantiated.

Clearly, we need higher standards in non-medical options for promoting psycho-sexual health in women.

In my dissertation, Investigation of the Désilets Method and It’s Effect on the Psycho-Sexual Health of Women, there is a very specific methodology to using the Jade Egg if one is to have lasting, positive results.

Simply pushing a Jade Egg into the vagina or inappropriately hanging weights off of it (without personalized training from a qualified instructor), won’t create the desired effect of psycho-sexual well-being, and, may even lend to further deepening any neurosis, trauma or pelvic pain or dysfunction.

“As an expert in the field of women’s pelvic therapy, I understand the complexities of training, strengthening and creating health in the pelvis. The Jade Egg teachings of Dr. Saida Désilets are based on sound principles of anatomy, physiology  and energy. She brings this mastery to her class and teachings. I have personal learned  from Dr. Desilets and have incorporated  her teachings into my patient’s exercise and pelvic health programs. Her jade egg teachings work where others have failed. Those who criticize should first learn from a true expert like Saida before formulating an opinion because not all jade teachings are created equal.”- Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS

What You Can Do Now

Jade Eggs, used hygienically and properly, have been shown to have incredible health results, both physiologically and psychologically.

This is a call to all women.

To take responsibility for your sexual sovereignty.

Do not believe everything you read on the internet; the best marketing isn’t always the best product.

Do not believe only in what your doctor says; they may be too busy to keep up with the latest studies.

Do your own research. Look into multiple sources and cross reference.

We’re talking about your body.

Your intimate self.

You deserve the truth and the best quality of education that not only tells you HOW to do it but also empowers you to define, for yourself, what it means to be sexually integrated and healthy.

No one has the right to tell you what that looks like, especially those in positions that benefit from your lack of confidence and knowledge.

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15 replies
  1. eyesha
    eyesha says:

    Wow! there is no limit to creativity and invention. I love the idea of using them while doing things around the house. Really want to try that.

  2. Nichole
    Nichole says:

    Thanks so much for taking my the time to write this article! Where can I direct my patients to purchase authentic safely sourced jade eggs?

    Best regards,

    N. Tatem, L.Ac.

  3. Andy R
    Andy R says:

    I read the Gynaecologist’s post just now, having watched Layla Martin’s video with my girlfriend beforehand.

    Reading it, it seems that the woman is deeply offended at the idea of women using these, thinking “why would a woman do this just to please her man?” – totally neglecting the fact that the one who seems to get most pleasure out of the practice is the woman (although I’d imagine their men are also pleased with the results).

    In other words, the good Doctor seems to have a bit of a chip on her shoulder.

    Also, the doctor failed to notice that on Layla’s video, the instruction is to do a short session, followed by a good bit of relaxation afterwards –
    NOT to walk around with them all day.

    The concerns about bacteria are perhaps not unreasonable – but consider how clean the average penis is likely to be before entry?

    Thanks for the info, anyway.

    • Saida Desilets
      Saida Desilets says:

      Thanks Andy, for your thoughts on this matter! Yes, it’s unfortunate that leaders don’t track their triggers and own them before they comment/lead. I’m initiating medical research on this matter, so will keep you posted if you are on my list.

  4. Rose-Marie
    Rose-Marie says:

    très Chère Saida,
    les 10 dernières années que j’ai eu les périodes, je n’ai plus utilisé les serviettes hygiéniques (micoses), les tempons internes (mal de ventre, sècheresse, mal de dos, mal de tête…). Je n’ai utilisé que mes muscles et ma pensée. Avant le début de ma pratique sans protection, j’ai pratiqué la posturologie (dos vertical, assis et debout) qui a produit un renforcement de mon plancher pelvien. C’était un vrai bonheur, le plaisir de sentir mon ventre qui vit, l’intérieur qui se modifie d’heures en heures durant 3 jours. J’aurais aimé pouvoir l’enseigner, mais les mentalités étaient trop fermées. Alors, j’ai fonctionné pour mon plaisir de vivre… Puis, je t’ai rencontré et appris le travail avec mon Ami l’Oeuf. Et maintenant, c’est le temps de la ménopause et il est mon Ami de tous les jours et aussi des nuits, lorsque je voyage et que je n’ai pas l’intimité d’une chambre individuelle. Avant, j’avais facilement des pertes blanches, des alergies, maintenant, je ne connais plus cela, et ma gynécologue est étonnée de la qualité de mes parois…
    Je sais que le minéral est poreux, mais il est privé et a besoin d’une attention aimante et de partage. Mes deux oeufs ont une énergie complémentaire, si j’ai besoin de repos, calme, c’est un oeuf et si j’ai besoins d’énergie, c’est l’autre… hihi!!!
    Il y a toujours des gens qui ont peur, qui sont jaloux, et veulent détruire le bonheur des autres. J’aime ce que je trouve dans le groupe et le partage avec toi Saida (trop longtemps sans se voir) et les Femmes de cet “alcove”…

  5. Yvonne
    Yvonne says:

    I am 61 years old and I love my Jade Egg. It has helped put my bladder back in place and strengthened my pelvic floor muscles as well as abdominal muscles. It has helped relieve the pain from Arthritis in both hips. My muscles are getting toned and I’m able to stand up straight again. I had Toxic Shock Syndrome in 1979, from Tampons and was hospitalized. Jade Stone heals!! It is used in Heating pads for the body. “We are responsible for our own cleanliness!” I wash my Jade egg with organic soap and water daily and let dry. I am also diligent to use it as I sleep and take care of my body. I’m Native American and My Dad was a Chemist and used to work with gemstones. We all have to use Wisdom and love our bodies as the Temple of the Living God and Breath of Life that it is. I thank God for your Wisdom Saida and Guidance! 🙂

  6. Naomi Harris
    Naomi Harris says:

    Thank you Saida for your unflinching examination of the truth of the current allegations. I am so grateful to have you here, doing the research and finding out the truth in this situation. You are a voice of clarity and impeccability in a sea of rumor. I am so very grateful to have you as a model for sexual sovereignty and it is a privilege to be one of your Ambassadors in training.

    • Saida Desilets
      Saida Desilets says:

      Thank you Naomi! It’s definitely a rabbit hole. Together, we can keep bringing more and more amazing information to women that is grounded in truth and experience.


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