Would You Try Vaginal Steaming?

A friend of mine recently asked me my opinion on vaginal steaming. At first I assumed that I mis-heard her. I mean, I’ve heard of facial steaming or steaming vegetables, but vaginal? Turns out, it’s a thing that has been around for some time, especially in Korea. The article explains that vaginal steaming isn’t purely cosmetic and some claim that it can “reduce stress, fight infections, clear hemorrhoids, regulate menstrual cycles and aid infertility, among many other health benefits.” My friend’s gynecologist mentioned it to her while she is undergoing fertility treatments (please note that I’m not suggesting this may or may not work, and this isn’t medical advice; if you are debating giving vaginal steaming a shot, run it past your own doctor).

Vaginal steaming isn’t just heating up a pot of water and squating over it. Lissa Rankin, the author of the post, explains that the water typically includes mugwort tea, wormwood, and “other Chinese herbs.” The article was written in 2010, and at that time Rankin notes that the “V-Steam” treatment at a spa usually lasts 30-45 minutes and costs $20-50.

Personally, I’m a little intrigued. I called a few spas in Ohio, and none of them knew what I was talking about (although my hair stylist thought I was joking!) – one even thought that I was a prank caller and hung up on me. I mentioned it to one of my doctors who said she wasn’t familiar with it, but saw how it may make sense. It’s definitely not something that I would try at home. I’m not sure what all to include in the brew or the amounts, plus I’d be concerned with getting the correct temperature. The mucus membranes of the vagina are pretty delicate, and if the steam was too hot there is the risk of injury. For now, I’ll stick to drinking a cup of tea and bath bombs for full body steaming (while submerged).

About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.