Yoni is the Sanskrit word for “source,” “womb” or “vagina”. Yoni eggs can be referred to as “jade eggs”, “love eggs” or simply “vaginal eggs”. These eggs are usually made from crystals or semi-precious stones that are then carved into an egg shape.
One brand claims “it is estimated that women have been practicing with stone eggs for over 5,000 years. Empresses and concubines of the Royal Palace of China used eggs carved out of jade to access sexual power.”
However, in one 2019, study a team of researchers studied more than 5,000 jade artifacts from Chinese archeology collections to try and find any merits behind these claims. Ultimately it was concluded that the claim is just a marketing myth. From a consumer perspective, the false advertising of yoni eggs may be frustrating but ultimately there is more to the story.
Historically, jade was used for it’s healing energy and the stone is said to have protective properties. It is meant to bring harmony, good luck, and friendship. People in China and all over the world still use it for those properties to this day.
Thanks to its false advertising, though, the belief is that when it is vaginally inserted, the body can harness the energy of the crystal.
Some women claim it has helped them in overcoming sexual trauma and healing from trauma in the body. In forums online, many women claim yoni eggs have helped them regulate their ‘moon cycles,’ also known as menstrual cycles, and alleviate cramps.
By ‘strengthening’ the pelvic floor muscle some women claim they have more intense orgasms, have reduced incontinence, have reduced or even treated uterine prolapse, and have promoted their healing after vaginal childbirth.
Terms such as ‘divine feminine’ and ‘root chakra’ may seem like esoteric jargon thrown in for good measure. But many view tools such as these as portals for self-awareness and self-love.
Putting the spiritual manifestations with crystals aside, yoni eggs have no qualitative or quantified research to prove the health benefits many claim they have. If proper pelvic floor muscle exercises consist of contracting and relaxing your muscles, then yoni eggs may create tension in the pelvic floor muscle by the continuous contracting of this muscle.
This tension in pelvic floor muscles is usually accompanied by symptoms most commonly consisting of constipation, bladder issues, pain in the pelvic region, and pain during sex. The issues regarding this are manyfold.
Although there are claims of great sex and becoming in touch with one’s sensuality, there are as many people claiming the opposite. Through the measurement of science, in order to have explosive orgasms, there needs to be the tension and the release.
You’ll experience that crescendo but your muscles will tighten up so much you may not experience that full release. Without a full release, the intensity would not be as high and the claim would be fleeting.
Female sexual empowerment is many times confused and riddled with ideas about ‘vaginal tightness.’ These insecurities stemming from our natural internal anatomies are more often than not legitimately harmful to us.
Social media and pop culture references to being ‘vaginally tight’ is usually for the sexual gratification of men. Hence, why ideations and practices of tightening your vagina with yoni eggs or any other method can be detrimental to the health and mental wellbeing of women.
Unless one suffers from incontinence, uterine prolapse, leakage from childbirth, or age, there is no justifiable reason to engage in these sensationalized rituals that capitalize on the crisis women are facing in their sexual health issues.
These claims, coupled with underlying misogyny, truly take away from the progress we need to make in understanding women’s sexual health issues and advancing health care for women.
Biological and social influences are critical to women’s health in general. However, women face higher rates of diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, and auto-immune diseases than men due to the lack of concentration on female health.
Addressing women’s unmet needs in health care is a battle deeper and far more important than yoni eggs. However, the dissemination of products through false marketing and recent stereotypes of Chinese medicine are also harmful to women.
The ideas surrounding sexual empowerment is enough to make anyone think twice before subscribing to the ‘benefits’ of healing crystals and the spiritual benefits of yoni eggs.
A 2017 investigation on women’s health coordinated by the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group’ in the United Kingdom concluded that there were many serious failings in the delivery of women’s mental, physical, and gynecological healthcare.
The findings were that attitudes, shortage of information and choices, and cost were some of the areas with inordinate issues. These shortcomings are all the more worrying especially in the current climate of austerity in the UK and around the world.
With far more cuts to local authorities’ funding on vital services such as women’s refuge centers and sexual health services, we can only hope that the profiteering and peddling of these occult-like approaches to women’s health become a thing of the past.