V-Steaming Is The New Way To Pamper Your Uterus


As women, we naturally have an innate urge to develop a self care routine to maintain a healthy vagina. Body waxes, birth control and throwing out scented soaps for starters — but is it ever too much?

Recently, a popular trend has emerged among beauty gurus. Vaginal steaming is a modernized version of South and Central American tradition. During the treatment, you sit over a mixture of steaming herbs wearing a robe to trap in the steam while the steam delivers the herbal medicine straight to the source. For those who still can’t quite grasp the concept of what vaginal steaming is, it’s easier to think of it as a medicinal, herbal, steam facial for the vagina.

Actress and entrepreneur, Gwyneth Paltrow insists that the practice has “real healing qualities”, telling The Cut , “The first time I tried v-steaming, I was like, ‘This is insane’. My friend Ben brought me and I was like, ‘You are out of your f**king mind. What is this? But then by the end of it I was like, ‘This is so great.’

The secret is not so much the steam itself but what’s in the steam. Laced with wormwood, chamomile and other Chinese herbs, the warm steam bath is said to cleanse your uterus and balance hormonal levels. Even guys can take part too. Except, their treatment goes by another name. ‘A-steaming’ carries a similar concept but the cleansing solution travels up a different orifice.

Vaginal steams are typically done a day or two after a woman has had her period in order to detox and heal any imbalances in the vagina, cervix and uterus. Vaginal steaming has also been known to ease anxiety in women as well as tackle several other health issues like infertility and PMS symptoms. However, there is still much to learn.

Much like douching, medical experts warn women of the potential effects of v-steaming. Here’s what an ob-gyn at New York Presbyterian Hospital told the Daily News about the procedure.

“I would never tell anybody to do this because the potential risks are higher than the potential benefits.”

In an article with Women’s Health Magazine, Mary Jane Minkin, M.D. and clinical professor at Yale’s School of Medicine explains why the treatment is “complete bull.”

“My first concern is that someone would burn themselves because steam is hot,” says Minkin.

“And I certainly wouldn’t want someone to get a burn in their vagina.” Fun fact: Your hoo-ha sits right next to the bladder and rectum, so a bad burn could damage the lining between the two of them and cause a lot of issues. “That would be a worst-case scenario,” Minkin continued.

While self-care treatments like douching won’t die, it’s still tempting to try out the refreshing technique.When it comes to bizarre beauty treatments, mishaps should always be considered because they aren’t so beautiful. The quest for beauty has always been a timeless one but some techniques are best left to the celebrities.

If you’re curious about the “clean feeling” that everyone is talking about, pamper yourself and visit Rejuv Spa where they offer the service for only a $20 deposit.


Written by: Petra Gunn