Is Vaginal Steaming Worth The Hype

Vaginal steaming goes by many aliases, including V-steaming, Yoni steaming, Chai Yok (Korean spas). It seems all the rage in the holistic health world these days. So, what is the big fuss over vaginal steaming?

The practice has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years in places like ancient China and Korea. However, it was recently popularized in our media thanks to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen who give it raving reviews. It is purported to have numerous health benefits such as:

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                  • Relieving pain in the uterine tissues
                  • Relieving hemorrhoids
                  • Helps with hormonal imbalances
                  • Improves infertility issues
                  • Helps with menstrual issues like cramps, fatigue and heavy bleeding
                  • Healing tissues after labor
                  • Relieves headache


What exactly is V-Steaming?

V-steaming was creating for the purpose of ‘cleansing’ and ‘rejuvenating’ your vaginal tissue, the same way a facial would to your face. Think of it as a detoxing self-care treatment for your intimate area. In traditional Korean spas, V-steaming consists of sitting above a pot of boiling water that is infused with selected herbs. Spas have a special ‘throne’ or seat for this treatment. Some common herbs used for V-steaming include:

  • Mugwort

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  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Wormwood
  • Chamomile
  • Calendula

The steam from the boiling water and herbs would rise up an ‘cleanse’ your vagina. The purpose of steaming is quite similar to douching in this regard. A typical session lasts for about 30-45 minutes.

What the experts say

Apart from the celebrities who are singing its praises, V-steaming has been met with quite a bit of skepticism from medical professionals. Much like the criticism of douching, the general consensus among them is that the vagina does not need internal cleaning. It’s a ‘self-cleaning’ organ that is capable of cleansing and balancing its pH on its own. Vaginal and uterine tissue is very delicate, so ‘cleaning agents’ can disrupt its pH balance. The only cleaning necessary is external cleaning with gentle soap and water. Studies done on V-steaming treatments report no specific health benefits to V-steaming. It may offer temporary calming and relaxing sensations, but it doesn’t really do much to improve your vaginal health.

Some gynecologists have even gone so far as to label it dangerous. In fact, if you google V-steaming, you’ll find most of the results turn out negative, with headlines like ‘Things Not to Do to Your Vagina- Vaginal Steaming’.  This is because there have been reported cases of second-degree burns from V-steaming.

The Bottom Line

So, should you do it? If you enjoy regular aromatherapy sessions and spa treatments, then V-steaming is relatively harmless (as long as you’re doing it properly and being cautious). Despite the lack of scientific evidence, plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests that V-steaming, when done correctly, is a very relaxing and calming treatment. It’s a cool new treatment that you can try out on your spa days. You can also try out treatments like ‘womb’ massaging, where you massage the ‘womb’ area (externally of course) with essential oils. Oils like tea tree oil can be very rejuvenating and calming, perfect for relieving tension in the area.








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