Nowadays people often fall back on ancient natural methods and remedies to keep their body healthy.
After Gwyneth Paltrow has recommended vaginal steaming, telling about numerous benefits and challenging effects, this practice has significantly grown in popularity.
What is this method designed to do?
It implies sitting over the basin with herb-infused steaming water during 20 to 60 minutes. You can find this procedure in spas, or perform it at home. The most popular herbs for V-steaming are mugwort, chamomile, basil, wormwood and oregano.
But before doing anything to your private part, let's gain an understanding, whether this process is really helpful and can it or not bring harm.
Proponents of vaginal steaming claim that the procedure can help you cleanse your reproductive organs, including uterus. In addition to this, it can allegedly help overcome depression, fatigue, headaches and stress.
Some people believe that steaming their vagina may improve fertility, relieve hemorrhoids and balance hormones.
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Does it really works?
In fact, there is no evidence that this procedure is helpful.
Your vagina, as well as other reproductive organs, is a self-cleaning structure. That's why it needs neither steaming, nor douching.
Moreover, using plume of steam can damage sensitive vaginal skin, causing burns and scalds. Sounds unpleasant, isn’t it?
Actually even purported benefits don't fully correspond to reality. The reason is that steam can't reach your uterus because of anatomic features of female body.
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Experts say that overheating your private part may even boost your risks of yeast and other infection. The reason is that increase of temperature in your lower reproductive tract can change pH levels in the vagina and disrupt normal bacterial microflora.
Even though some herbs are recognized as phytoestrogens (plant-derived chemicals, which may act like female estrogen), no studies proved their effectiveness on the fertility and hormonal levels.
Some herbs may even cause allergy and miscarriage in those, who are pregnant.
Using steam may help you ease menstrual cramps, but it's much safer to apply a bottle with warm water on the pelvic area or to drink warm herbal tea to attain the same benefits.
However if you want to try this procedure, ask your doctor about possible advantages and disadvantages for you individually.
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