Have you ever heard of vaginal vaporization? It became a sensation in the United States and Europe due to reports from celebrities who joined the practice. Artists like Gwyneth Paltrow point to a variety of benefits, ranging from relieving menstrual discomfort to improving fertility. However, experts warn that there is no scientific evidence to prove that vaginal vaporization works. But, after all, what is this practice about? How is it done? See everything you need to know about vaginal vaporization.
In today’s text we will talk about:
- How does vaginal vaporization work?
- How did it come about?
- Benefits related to vaginal vaporization
- Does it really work?
- Herbs used in vaginal vaporization
- Doctors warn
- Placebo effect
- How much
- Worth it?
How does vaginal vaporization work?
Vaginal vaporization consists of sitting on a bowl of hot water that usually contains added herbs, this allows the genital region to receive a “steam bath”.
People who practice vaginal steam believe that herbs can penetrate vaginal tissues and offer a variety of benefits. The treatment usually lasts between 20 and 45 minutes and can be done in spas or at home.
How did it come about?
Vaginal vaporization is not a new thing. The treatment is old and respected by traditional healers around the world and promises to remedy almost all aspects of uterine pathology. It is also known as yoni steaming (yoni is the Sanskrit word for uterus or vagina) and is used to clean and revitalize the uterus, effectively reducing the discomfort associated with menstruation.
It has been used in holistic health circles for decades, mainly in Korea. The practice gained prominence after actress Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she is a fan of vaporizing the vagina. After that, vaginal vaporization started to become more and more famous and several specialists started to sprout up on all sides.
Benefits related to vaginal vaporization
Some of the reported benefits of vaginal vaporization include:
- Significantly reduce the discomfort, swelling and exhaustion associated with monthly cycles
- Decrease menstrual flow, as well as reduce purple or dark brown blood at the beginning or end of menstruation
- Regular irregular or absent menstrual cycles
- Increase fertility, especially when combined with Mayan abdominal massage
- Accelerate healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
- Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
- Help with curing hemorrhoids
- Treat vaginal infections / chronic yeasts and maintain a healthy odor
- Relieve symptoms of menopause.
Does it really work?
According to the professionals who offer vaginal vaporization, the tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the heat from the steam works to soften and open them. When herbs are placed in hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of the skin and into the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, finally, the uterus.
According to those who offer the treatment, the steam of medicinal herbs increases circulation, dilutes mucus and cleans the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and accumulations. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thereby reducing the amount of work you have to do and therefore your discomfort.
Herbs used in vaginal vaporization
- Rosemary: Increases circulation in the reproductive organs, helps to clean old fluids and is also antiseptic and purifying.
- Lavender: One of the most relaxing herbs, calms the mind and body, nourishing the nervous system. Lavender is antiseptic for vaginal tissues. It is also an antispasmodic, aiding healthy uterine function.
- Oregano: used to trigger menstruation. Increases the sparse flow. This herb is used for its antiseptic, stimulating and strengthening properties. Oregano is a wonderful herb to help prevent infections.
- Marigold: Used to induce sweating, cleaning vaginal tissues. It also heals wounds and helps tissue healing due to episiotomy or vaginal rupture. Note: Do not spray an open wound, as this can cause pain and swelling.
- Basil: can reduce painful menstruation. Helps trigger menstruation.
- Rose petals : rose petals are soft and astringent to the tissues of the genitals.
Other herbs used in combination with the above herbs: Burdock Leaf, Castor, St. John’s Wort, Yarrow, Red Clover, Damiana, Chamomile, Dandelion, Dock Ama rela and Squaw Vine.
The herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine used are Artemisia and Absinthe.
However, despite the possible benefits, doctors warn of the possible dangers of the practice. See some of them:
You can change the balance of your vagina
The vagina does not need a thorough cleaning or detox. Additional interventions, such as vaginal steam or vaginal shower, are not necessary to maintain vaginal health. Keeping the vagina clean, dry and free of perfumes is the best way to keep the vagina healthy. It is a myth that the vagina needs extensive cleaning, as it cleans itself with natural secretions.
Another risk is the heating of the vagina. When the normal temperature (37ºC) is high, this can increase the proliferation of harmful bacteria and fungi, such as those that cause genital candidiasis, which causes itching, redness and swelling in the sexual organs.
Alteration of bacterial flora
The vagina contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it and maintain PH balance. If these bacteria are disturbed, they can cause infections such as bacterial vaginosis and inflammation. Vaginal vaporization can affect this healthy balance of bacteria.
May cause irritation
Most steam treatments will use herbs that promise to do everything from balancing hormones to detoxifying the uterus. However, the steam from an herbal tea is unable to do any of these things.
The claim that clean steam can balance hormones is irrational. Hormones are produced by organs such as the brain and ovaries, travel through the bloodstream and have specific effects on their target organs. Vaporizing the vagina cannot affect hormone levels.
In addition, the steam would need to be applied under great pressure to have any chance of reaching your uterus. Most likely, these herbs can cause irritation.
It may seem a little obvious, however, if you are not careful in practice, the steam directed to your vagina will likely burn the lips of the vulva. The vaginal area is sensitive and these types of burns can be painful and difficult to treat. If you take a risk in practice, it is best to exercise extreme caution to reduce the risk of burns.
Steam may not be a good idea
The vagina is naturally kept well lubricated with oily substances. Water is not a moisturizer for the cells. On the contrary, it can wash the natural oils, leaving the vagina poorly lubricated and more prone to cuts and irritations.
Questionable toning effect
The tonifying effect of the vagina is also the target of doubts. According to Virgínia Beckett, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, toning comes from the muscles, so there would be no way to vaporize toning the vagina.
Although some women have noticed improvements in health, experts say there is still no scientific evidence to support these benefits. For science, the sensation caused by vaporization is related to the placebo effect, that is, the activity shows results for exerting psychological effects, since the fans believe that it works.
The placebo, which can be a medication or therapy without therapeutic effects, is widely used in scientific studies to evaluate the effectiveness of possible treatments.
Despite being widely used in countries like the United States and England, the technique is not approved by the local health agencies that regulate this type of therapy. Even so, they are offered in several spas. In the United Kingdom the session costs about 35 pounds (185 reais), in the United States the price range is around 50 dollars (200 reais). In Brazil, steam baths are available in spas or in homemade kits sold in specialized stores and cost from 10 reais.
The answer is personal, but I would tell you to think seriously before trying this practice. Vaginal vaporization does not bring any of the promised benefits and can actually harm you. Don’t try something that you are not 100% sure of, no matter how many celebrities do it. One last tip: stop expecting your vagina to always smell like roses – it’s a vagina. It must be moist, smell like a vagina and does not need perfumes, vapors, or anything like that. So it is not worth trying something that may just be a fad can affect your health.