Yoni is sanskrit for the female sexual organs (vulva, vagina and uterus). The word yoni is becoming more popular. Maybe because we don’t like to use the word ‘vagina’? Or are we just starting to pay more attention to our yonis?
In 2018 yoni eggs got a lot of (negative) attention when Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, got a fine for 145 000 dollars for misleading marketing claims concerning yoni eggs. Goop claimed yoni eggs would balance hormones, increase sex drive and regulate periods. Despite the fine, Goop is still selling yoni eggs, without the claims.
What are yoni eggs?
Yoni eggs are egg-shaped crystals (often jade or rose quartz) that you insert into your vagina. Why would you that? To train your pelvic floor muscles and connect to your body.
How do you use yoni eggs?
You insert the yoni egg with the smallest side down. Relax and make sure you are sitting or lying down in a comfortable position.
Once inserted, you can train your pelvic floor by slowly pushing the egg down and back up. Do this for 10 minutes (or stop sooner if it doesn’t feel right) and don’t force anything. You can also meditate or do some light yoga-exercises after inserting the egg.
Clean the yoni egg properly before and after every use with hot water and PH-neutral soap.
Which size do I choose?
The size of the yoni egg that’s perfect for your vagina depends on how strong your pelvic floor muscles are. Have you never used a yoni egg before? Then size medium is a safe bet. Do you have a lot of experience with kegel exercises? Then you could opt for a smaller size. You can also buy sets of yoni eggs of different sizes and experiment with them.
Some yoni eggs have a tiny hole that you can attach a piece of floss string (without mint, because auwtch) to, that way you don’t have to worry about not getting the yoni egg out.
Caution, don’t use yoni eggs if you have an STD, STI, infection, vaginal pain or if you have a coil. You also shouldn’t use the yoni egg while on your period or pregnant.
Multiple gynecologists have warned about the dangers of yoni eggs. Never leave them in for too long to prevent toxic shock and make sure you buy a good quality, non-porous yoni egg. If you have any doubts, questions or concerns, it’s always good to ask your gynecologist for advice.