Starting your Jade Egg practice can bring up a LOT of questions. Hence why I’ve put together this list of Frequently Asked Questions to get you on your way. Should you need more information, please email us to book in some mentoring to help you sink into your Jade Egg practice.
I can’t find unwaxed dental floss. Can I use something else?
All of our Jade Eggs have a drilled hole at the small end in which to thread unwaxed dental floss for easy retrieval and so you can do resistance work with the egg inside. Most chemists and supermarkets do not stock unwaxed dental floss, so you will need to purchase it online. You don’t want to use waxed dental floss as the chemicals that coat the floss can upset the vagina’s internal flora.
You can use fishing line or a natural (non-coloured) cotton as well. But our number on suggestion is unwaxed dental floss.
What happens if the egg gets stuck inside?
Firstly, that’s why we attach a piece of unwaxed dental floss. And secondly, if for some reason the string did come off, or you inserted it without the floss – which is a common practice – it can’t get lost. It’s impossible for it to go past the cervix. Even for women who have had a hysterectomy and had the cervix removed, the doctors sew up the vagina so that it’s closed at the top – there is absolutely no way anything can get lost inside. For women who have had this kind of operation, you want to be using the egg because you need to prevent prolapse from having ‘extra space’ in your pelvis.
So now that we know it can’t get lost under any circumstances, if you do find you can’t get it out, my first bit of advice is: DON’T stress. Simply approach it in a calm manner, get yourself into a squat position, like you’re about to lay an egg, and bear down as if you were going to have a bowel movement, and it will fall right on out. Just make sure you’re ready to catch it, or you have something soft for it to land on. A good belly laugh or coughing will also help the egg move out. Many people do use the egg without the string, which by all means give it go once you develop more vaginal control.
After leaving the egg in for a while it just falls out. Why is this?
Imagine holding a heavy box for a couple of hours. Eventually your arms would give way. The egg is not different. It takes a lot of internal muscle strength to hold the egg inside. Once your vaginal muscles have had enough, the egg will push itself out. Do NOT feel down about this. This is a sign that your vagina has done what it needed to and now needs a rest.
Do NOT push the egg back inside, as you run the risk of fatiguing your muscles which can lead to pain. It’s just like a gym workout. If you push yourself too much, you’ll be left with sore muscles, and the Jade Egg practice is no different. While it may not feel like you’re doing a lot, just wearing the egg inside is working a whole hammock of muscles.
My vaginal muscles are so weak I can’t hold the egg in. What should I do?
Firstly know that this is completely normal, so it’s nothing to be worried about. Start with a lying down practice where you imagine your vagina squeezing the egg. Even if the vagina doesn’t physically move, imagining and focusing your energy on squeezing will help build the neural pathways needed for the vagina to gain the strength needed to do the squeeze. You can also sleep with the egg inside as your vagina will play with it while you sleep.
How long can I leave the egg inside?
Up to 12 hours is generally fine but my suggestion is to trust your intuition. Only you know what your body can handle. I wouldn’t leave it beyond 12 hours as the vagina does produce a fair bit of mucus, so you do want to take the egg out and clean it.
I cannot feel my egg. Is there something wrong with me?
No. This is completely normal. In fact, the Jade Egg is not meant to be ‘felt’. Imagine feeling a tampon all the time – it’d be quite annoying! The purpose of the egg is to help you develop your awareness, sensitivity and dexterity. We have an infinite resource of bliss within us, and the Jade Egg is there to help awaken us to that immense pleasure.
It’s much like wine. To an untrained nose, a wine will smell like any other. Yet to a trained nose, each wine will have a distinct bouquet of scents. This is true for any of our senses. It’s simply a case of waking them up so they can feel more. This is why I suggest staying away from vibrators, which actually dull the senses.
Should I use the Jade Egg when I’m menstruating?
My answer is always: I don’t know, should you? Me personally, I prefer not too. But everyone’s different. If you’re drawn to use the egg when you’re bleeding, by all means do. It really is a personal choice. To my knowledge there are no risks in using the Jade Egg during your period. My only suggestion would be, don’t leave it in for more than a few hours, so the blood can easily exit your body. It’s really important in not just the Jade Egg practice, but in life in general, that you really do start to trust your intuition – your inner knowing – as you always know what’s best for you.
I’m pregnant. Is it safe to use the Jade Egg?
For anyone who is pregnant – although the Jade Egg practices are generally very safe, it is best to consult your doctor before starting. In most cases it will be fine and will actually help your pregnancy and train your vagina to give birth, however, pregnant women are often advised not to start doing something so intense if they haven’t been doing it before they got pregnant, or if they have a vaginal or bladder infection. The Jade Egg does work the uterus and also detoxifies the whole area, so if you do choose to use it while pregnant take it really easy. Ideally you would want to start a Jade Egg practise at least 6 months before you conceive. And given that green jade is the ultimate fertility stone, it is excellent for pregnancy and trying to conceive.
I have an IUD. Is the Jade Egg still safe to use?
There is a lot of conflicting advice on this one given the lack of testing that has been done. The claimed risk is that using the Jade Egg will cause the IUD to become dislodged and result in an unplanned pregnancy, however this is a very rare occurrence. IUD’s are made to withstand a lot of movement, and given the Jade Egg practise is very soft and gentle, the practise in most cases, should be fine. My suggestion is to be cautious and aware. If you experience cramping stop the practice, rub your lower belly, relax and come back to the practice at another time. If you have concerns, consult your GP.
Why a Jade Egg? Can’t I just do Kegels?
Most women who give birth are told to do their 300 Kegel exercises day and night to help them regain their vaginal elasticity, ease incontinence and prevent other pelvic floor issues. Yet Kegels are not all they’re made out to. While Kegels are good – they’re better than doing nothing – essentially they’e like doing bicep curls without the eight. So yes, by doing Kegel exercises you’re keeping the area moving, but you’re not building strength. We all know that in order to tone up you need to lift weight – do resistance training – and the Jade Egg creates that resistance.
Studies have even shown that Kegels, because they focus is on tightening as opposed to strengthening, can actually weaken the area. And any women with a tight pelvic floor will actually aggravate the tension issue if they contract the muscles regularly as you’re advised to do in Kegel exercises. There needs to be a balance between the squeeze and the release otherwise not only will you create tension there, you run the risk of inhibiting orgasm. I go into a lot more detail on this in the Jade Egg playshop.
Can just use Kegel Balls?
Yes! But you’ll get the added benefits of the healing properties of the jade. See below for details…
Why a ‘jade’ egg and not some other stone?
If you look back at the ancient traditions – so 5000 years ago in China – where the vaginal egg practice was first developed, the ancient Chinese used a Jade Egg because jade was considered a health, wealth and longevity stone that increases courage, wisdom, emotional balance, stamina, love, humility, generosity, peace, and harmony.
Jade has really beautiful healing properties that help draw impurities and trauma from the vaginal tissue. It is known as a grounding, detoxifying and cleansing stone. Tamra (Getting Naked’s founder) actually used the Jade Egg to help completely heal herself of cervical issues when she received an abnormal pap smear result and was diagnosed as being the stage before cancer. *Please note Tamra also did extensive mental clearings, like we teach in the Remarkable Relationships course, as part of this process.
I’ve heard of people using a rose quartz. What’s the difference?
Jade is a harder stone physically and somewhat softer stone energetically than rose quartz. While jade is grounding and detoxifying, quartz stones tend to amplify whatever is most dominant for you emotionally. Therefore you want to clear your emotional gunk before you move onto a quartz stone, or you risk amplifying your negative emotions. This is why I encourage ladies start with a Jade Egg and after a year or two of regular practice, then to move up to the rose quartz.
That said, the different crystals will affect everyone differently – and women should go with the stone they are drawn to, as everyone is at a different place in their journey.
What size egg should I use?
Despite all the marketing to encourage you to buy multiple sized eggs, you don’t need all these different eggs to reap the benefits; you only need to understand HOW to use the egg. That said, different sized eggs offer new challenges. Larger eggs are easier to feel but harder to hold because they have more weight. My suggestion is always, start with a medium size egg (our eggs are 4.4 by 3.1cm), and once you get a really good sense of the medium egg inside of you, then if you do want to explore a smaller or larger egg, please do. But sticking with one size really will gain you the benefits you’re after.
How do I clean my egg?
Before you use it the first time, I suggest soaking your egg for eight hours in a container of water and a pinch of Celtic or Himalayan sea salt. After each use you can simply rinse the egg in warm water. Do NOT use soap to clean it. You CAN use a few drops of tea-tree or grapefruit extract in a glass of warm water as a cleansing soak also. Then rinse afterwards before use. It’s good to occasionally (once a month if you’re using your egg regularly) give your egg a salt bath to cleanse off any build up of energy.
What happens if the Jade Egg falls out in the toilet?
First of all, DON’T get embarrassed. It’s happened to the best of us! Scoop it out and rinse it in boiling water, or boil it in a pot of water on the stove for a minute or two to cleanse it of any bacteria. Until you gain the vaginal strength and intelligence to be able to hold it inside while urinating, my suggestion is to when going to the toilet, hold onto the string so that if it comes out, you’ve got it. Please note that it’s also really important NOT to try and hold onto the egg while urinating, or this can cause vaginal confusion. Let the urine flow out, and simply hold onto the Jade Egg string.
If you’d like to know more about the Jade Egg practice then you’ll love The Art of the Jade Egg playshop where Tamra gives you a deep insight in the practice and how to get the most out of your Jade Egg.