Recently, we have had an influx of patients ask about vaginalsteaming. After all, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen have done it, so it can’t be bad, can it? Let’s take a look at this age-old practice that is starting to resurface.
The purpose of vaginalsteaming is to “naturally cleanse” the vagina, uterus and all reproductive organs. The spas who offer these services claim that it can help a multitude of women’s health issues including infertility, hormone imbalances, infections, even gastrointestinal issues, and many more problems by using a combination of special herbs. The costs range from about $40-$80 per session.
The idea that herbs in hot water can help these issues is highly unlikely. While herbs in water may be good for tea, it is nearly impossible for any of the steam to even get past the cervix into the uterus (as many websites claim it does) and will only just steam your external vulva. While it might relieve stress to be in a spa, it can lead to many more complications which are not worth your vagina. If the steam is too hot, it can cause serious side effects, such as burns. Vaginalsteaming creates a perfect moist environment for infections to develop, such as bacterial vaginosis or yeast, by altering your normal vaginal pH/environment. Additionally, there is no medical research to show that vaginalsteaming is beneficial or can help cure any vaginal problems.
All in all, if you are looking to de-stress, spend the money somewhere else at the spa, such as a massage or facial! Your vagina doesn’t need much. Remember, less is more when it comes to her! Your vagina is self-cleaning, so leave all herbs or special products far away. A little gentle soap, water, and sunshine will keep her even happier than any steam can.