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Vaginal weightlifting

Vaginal weightlifting is a type of genital exercise encompassing strength training using the contraction of pelvic floor muscles to lift an object inserted in the vagina.

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EquipmentEdit

 
Jade eggs (or Yoni eggs) have been popularized as implements in vaginal weightlifting.
 
Ben wa balls made of medical grade silicon or metal are safer alternatives to jade eggs.

Vaginal weightlifting may utilise specialised equipment such as ben wa balls, weighted vaginal cones,[1] yoni eggs[2] or jade eggs.[3] Vaginal cones, developed by Plevnik et al.,[4][5] have existed as a pelvic floor re-education method for about a quarter of a century. Ben wa balls were used for a long time in ancient Chinese practice.[citation needed] Jade eggs are oval objects available in three different sizes and the practitioner starts with the large egg, moving towards the small with increasing expertise in muscle control and strength.[6] After Gwyneth Paltrow recommended jade eggs on her lifestyle website GOOP, gynecologists criticised jade eggs as being porous and unsanitary.[7] Because jade is pourous, it can harbor bacteria that may cause dangerous infections.[7] While Gwyneth Paltrow claims jade eggs were once used by Chinese queens to be prepared for the emperors, they are now predominantly being marketed by and for young white women.[7] Shiva Rose, an avid jade egg user who also claims knowledge of the Chinese history behind the egg, warns buyers to not purchase them in China as the ingredients in the egg are unknown.[8] However, the "ingredients" in jade from both China and Oceania are the same, Nephrite, and all nephrite is porous[9] and therefore unsafe for internal use.[7]

Claimed benefitsEdit

Proponents of vaginal weightlifting claim that the exercises yield better results than standard PFME (pelvic floor muscle exercises) such as Kegels in pelvic floor strengthening due to introduction of added resistance.[10][11] However, a 2002 Cochrane Collaboration study reached the result that pelvic floor exercises practiced with vaginal cones proved no significant advantages over Kegel exercises in treatment of stress urinary incontinence.[12][needs update] Sex therapists and gynecologists such as Laura Berman and Amy Tuteur assert that practice of vaginal weightlifting and standard PFME should not be considered mutually exclusive.[1][11] Gwyneth Paltrow's website claims the jade egg improves sex.[6] While there has been no research conducted on the efficacy of jade eggs specifically, one 2010 study found that stronger pelvic floor muscles are correlated with stronger orgasms.[13] Proponents of the jade egg claim that it is able to harness the power of crystal healing while also creating a legal like practice.[6] Various testimonials by jade egg users have claimed that it is able to increase chi, orgasms, vaginal muscle tone, hormone balance and feminine energy.[6]

A self-proclaimed expert in jade eggs Shiva Rose has been using jade eggs for about 7 years and says that they have detoxing power.[14] Shiva Rose claims that through the jade egg she was able to connect with her womb and experienced a list of benefits including: strengthening the pelvic floor, maintaining healthy reproductive organs, enhancing sexuality and receptiveness, toning the walls of the yoni, balancing the hormones, preventing the decline of nerves, the bladder and uterus, healing from past traumas, awakening feminine power, creating chi, and increasing overall pleasure in all areas of life.[14] Shiva Rose provides instructions on her websites for those who own jade eggs. She recommends that one

"First clean and clear the egg this can be done by boiling it for a few minutes in clean water. Then after drying it, burn some sage around the egg and see it being cleansed. Imagine golden or white light being channeled into the egg. Place the egg under the light of the full moon from time to time. If the egg has a drilled hole for string then clean that out with warm water and soap and a pipe cleaner or needle. Create a quiet space and light a candle and place the egg before you on a beautiful scarf or textile. Imagine all your intentions being flowed into the egg before you begin using it. Before beginning lay down on the earth and place the jade egg on your belly and then your heart. Create a relationship with the magic of this stone."[14]

Shiva Rose suggests that women sleep with the egg inserted or take a walk with it in if they can handle the energy for that amount of time.[14]

The dangersEdit

In an interview with California OB/GYN Jen Gunter who is an expert in infectious diseases and pelvic floor dysfunction, she talked about many of the real dangers that can occur for women who use the jade egg. Due to the porous nature of the rock different forms of bacteria can get trapped in all of the little nooks and crannies of the rock.[15] This can increase a woman's likelihood of contracting vaginosis or toxic shock syndrome.[15] Both the goop website and Shiva Rose recommend that women wear these jade eggs for extended periods of time.[6][14] Gunter strongly advises against this as vaginal muscles are not meant to be contracted for that long.[15] Wearing the egg for a long time could actual cause dysfunction in your muscles that could lead to pelvic floor disfunction.[15] Gunter also points out the confusion that stems from the use of the word yoni. Yoni is Sanskrit for womb but the vagina and uterus are different things.[15]

World recordEdit

Guinness World Record in the category vaginal weightlifting is held by Tatyana Kozhevnikova who deadlifted a 14 kg kettlebell.[16] Kozhevnikova herself is an exercise instructor who has introduced the programme 'intimate gymnastics' (Интимная гимнастика), a physical exercise regimen designed for sexual health.[17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Vaginal weight lifting
  2. ^ "What Are Yoni Eggs? - Love Stone". Love Stone. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  3. ^ Vaginal Weight Lifting with Jade Eggs
  4. ^ Plevnik et al., United State Patent 4,895,363, Jan. 23, 1990
  5. ^ Peattie, AB; Plevnik, S; Stanton, SL (1988). "Vaginal cones: a Conservative Method of Treating Genuine Stress Incontinence". Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 95: 1049–53. PMID 3191043. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.1988.tb06512.x. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Jade Eggs FAQ
  7. ^ a b c d "No, Gwyneth Paltrow, women should not put jade eggs in their vaginas, gynecologist says". Washington Post. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Larkworthy, Jane. "Beauty Guru Shiva Rose is Obsessed With Yoni Eggs". W Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  9. ^ [www.mountainjade.co.nz/blog/jade-necklace-clean-care/ "How to Clean & Care for your jade necklace"] Check |url= value (help). Mountain Jade. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Do you lift weights?". orgasmicalmedicine.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. 
  11. ^ a b 10 Reasons To Lift Weights With Your Vagina, In Case You Were Wondering
  12. ^ Herbison, P; Plevnik, S; Mantle, J. "Weighted vaginal cones for urinary incontinence". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (1): CD002114. PMID 11869623. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD002114. 
  13. ^ {{cite web|url=https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00192-009-1077-5 |title=Can stronger pelvic muscle floor improve sexual function?
  14. ^ a b c d e "Discovering the Benefits of Jade Eggs". www.thelocalrose.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  15. ^ a b c d e Gunter, Dr Jen (2017-01-17). "Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a GYN and your vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea". Dr. Jen Gunter. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  16. ^ Corbett, Steve; Manning, Jenny (8th March 2013, Updated: 4th April 2016). "Meet the woman with the world’s strongest vagina". The Sun. Retrieved 7 May 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  17. ^ What is Intimate Gymnastics?