Beauty regimens are getting wild these days. Women have been raving about Aztec healing clays, beauty oils, 15+ steps of skincare, skipcare, vaginal steaming– yes, you heard that right.
For some reason, people thought that steaming your coochie will bring glorious benefits. Celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen and Gwyneth Paltrow are doing this regimen, convincing women across the globe to steam their vaginas.
Now, since we’re publishing this on a crucial time where everyone’s quarantined and bored at their homes, you might be enticed to experiment with this treatment.
And for that, we’re here to tell you to stop!
“Yeah, this steaming stuff is weird… but maybe there are benefits to this, you know? Why are you judging this organic treatment, sis?”
Oh, hun. Medical professionals called this treatment as BS. Aside from that, this beauty trend can bring more harm than good– and we’re here to spill the details.
To spread the word and (hopefully) stop women plunging their pussies in a steaming pile of herbal mess, here are the reasons why vaginal steaming is bad for you.
What is Vaginal Steaming?
Before we spill the tea about the dangers of this beauty trend, let’s have a quick refresher about this treatment.
Vaginal Steaming involves sitting over a steaming pot of water that contains herbs such as basil, rosemary, and mugwort. People who practice this regimen believe that the herbs can penetrate the vaginal tissues and bring various benefits to their coochie.
Also known as Yoni Steaming, V-Steam, Chai-yok, and Bajos, you can do this treatment at home or in a spa. It usually lasts between 20 and 45 minutes.
According to various resources, here are the probable health benefits of vaginal steaming:
- Reduces menstrual symptoms
- Helps on healing after childbirth
- Reduces stress
- Heals hemorrhoids
- Increases one’s mood and energy
- Reduces headaches
- Boosts fertility
- Revitalizes your uterus
- Recharges your inner self
Sounds enticing, isn’t it? Who would have thought that giving your pussy a steamed facial would be beneficial to one’s wellness? However, there are no scientific studies to prove these purported benefits. Aside from that, this treatment can harm you in different ways.
Reason Why You Should Never Try Vaginal Steaming
You might be thinking that we’re just unfairly skeptical about this, or that we don’t believe in the power of organic materials. But hunny, as much as we want to believe that this steaming treatment works, it just doesn’t. There are also tons of reported cases of harmful effects of this technique. We’ve listed them all below.
1No proven medical benefits.
See those mentioned benefits above? Spoiler alert: you won’t get that from vaginal steaming. There are no scientific claims that this treatment works. It’s also rare for steam to reach the vaginal walls, so there’s that.
Vaginal steaming has also been debunked by medical professionals. As quoted by Dr. Vicken Sahakian, medical director of Pacific Fertility Center in Los Angeles: “It sounds like a voodoo medicine that sometimes works.”
2The herbs don’t have any effects on your vag.
Looking upon the benefits of the commonly-used herbs for vaginal steaming, there’s no way these aromatic herbs could help cleanse your coochie. Mugwort, for example, is used as a food flavoring and Chinese traditional medicine. Though it has been mentioned that mugwort can help women with irregular periods, it is only effective when you digest the herb.
On the other hand, rosemary is said to help people boost their immune system, improve their digestion, and enhance their memory. There’s no mention of improving one’s vaginal health.
3It could make your coochie itchy.
As you put your vag in high temperatures, the normal enzymes on it will get sluggish. It’ll also increase blood flow due to the heat and will make your vagina itchy.
4Steaming could wash up your natural oils.
By doing this treatment, the water vapor in the steam will wash away natural oils on your vagina. This will lessen your coochie’s natural lubrication, making your vag more prone to cuts and irritation.
5You could ruin your well-balanced PH.
Let’s say the steam did reach your vaginal walls, it could hypothetically kill off some of those good bacteria. Once the acid-producing bacteria dies, you will be more susceptible to infections.
6You’ll be more prone to infections.
Speaking of infections, putting your vag in high temperatures will help the unwanted bacteria and yeasts, such as candida, thrive in your coochie.
7It can never balance your hormones.
Do you know that the hormones are produced by organs such as the brain and ovaries? These organs travel in the bloodstream and have specific effects on particular organs. Since the vagina isn’t even included in the organs that can produce hormones, vaginal steaming has zero contribution to your hormonal changes.
8You could burn yourself.
Sitting over a pot of hot water with some minced herbs is a disaster waiting to happen. Just look at this case study from 2019 that was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada.
Due to the popularity of this treatment, a 62-year-old woman sustained second-degree burns because of attempting vaginal steaming. She just wanted to reduce prolapse, now she got burns over her genitals. Yikes!
9The vagina is a self-cleaning organ.
One of the biggest misconceptions about a woman’s body is that the vagina needs cleaning. The thing is, the vagina is a mucus membrane, just like a nostril or an eyeball. It cleans itself so you don’t have to worry about having toxins in your vag. Ever seen secretions on your underwear/pantyliner? That’s because your coochie is removing some of the dirty stuff out of your vag.
Your coochie also contains good bacteria called lactobacilli, which produce lactic acid. It keeps your vaginal PH low and prevents bad bacteria from staying in there.
That’s why doing any sort of vaginal cleaning is useless. Unless you’ve done a harmful treatment (*coughs* coochie steaming *coughs*) or had raw sex with a complete stranger, you’ve got nothing to worry about. You don’t need herbs, douche, or other cleaning products.
As for the vulva, the external part of your coochie, cleaning it with water and mild soap will do.
10You’re gonna waste your hard-earned money.
Whether you’ve done it on a spa or at your home, doing this treatment will still cost a lot of money. Instead of buying a mini-throne and expensive herbs, use the money to see a gynecologist. We get that you may want an “organic” healing process but if you have problems down there, trying unproven techniques will make your situation worse.
Ladies, there’s nothing wrong with following the latest beauty trends. You’re free to try out new techniques and products that could enhance your beauty regimen.
But along with this freedom is the responsibility to check if the technique or product actually works. Before believing a celebrity or a social media influencer, make sure to take time to do some research.
Vaginal steaming is simply a dangerous fad. If you really want to keep your coochie healthy, maintain proper hygiene and practice safe sex.
Give your vagina the gentle lovin’ it deserves and say no to pussy streaming. Also, keep an eye on the trends so the fun never ends!