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.