Beauty Byline with Sanah: The Hot Topic of V-Steaming

It’s not easy being a woman. Our bodies go through a lot throughout our lives and sometimes

we feel the need to try out things that can help calm the storm. Women around the world have

tried herbal remedies to help ease menstrual cramps or increase fertility. But there’s one age-

old remedy that has experts raising a red flag: vaginal steaming.

Also known as yoni steam or V-steam, vaginal steaming claims to be beneficial to overall

vaginal health. The woman squats or sits over a pot of hot water which is filled with herbs for

about twenty to thirty minutes. The herbal steam, made from mugwort, rosemary, wormwood

and basil, is meant to cleanse the vagina, cervix and the uterus. Promoters of this remedy claim

the steam softens vaginal and vulvar skin which allows the herbs to be better absorbed into the

uterus. Some of the reported benefits include reducing menstrual symptoms, increasing fertility,

healing after childbirth, reducing stress, treating hemorrhoids, increasing energy, and treating

headaches. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Most gynecologists say the vagina doesn’t need help in regulating itself. It’s perfectly able to do

what it needs to do to stay healthy. In fact, vaginal steaming may actually be harmful and cause

unnecessary problems. Remember when douching was a big thing and gynecologists came out

and said it’s not good for you? They are saying the same thing about this too because it can

burn you and mess with the good bacteria in your vagina, which can lead to an array of other

issues. The steam from the water could be too strong and actually harm the delicate tissue

around your hoo-ha. If there are any cuts or open wounds, the steam could cause irritation

which could lead to an infection. The moisture, the herbs, the heat - there’s a lot trying to

happen in a tiny, very sensitive place.

The gynecologists also will say don’t do it because there’s not enough research on it and more

studies are needed before they can endorse vaginal steaming. But many women who have

done this treatment will swear by its effectiveness and many spas around the nation are adding

it to their menu. The bottom line is you will have to decide if this is something you want to try out

or not. You won’t catch me sitting on a pot of hot water any time soon. I’m not ready yet. I need

to do more research before I’m convinced it’s worth the risks. There is just something about

heat, water, herbs and the vagina that doesn’t sit well with me (no pun intended). I’m also

someone who reads a lot and thinks a lot before doing things and probably misses out on a lot

because I spend too much time mulling over it. But in this case, I’m not satisfied with the

answers I’ve found and my recommendation is to skip this treatment, for now.

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