Is Getting Your Vagina Steamed as Healthy As Gwyneth Paltrow Says?
You can steam your vegetables. You can steam your clothes. Just, please, stop steaming your vagina. The “v-steam,” as the kids these days call it (they do not call it that) is a real thing that people do, it has been picking up steam (sorry) as a wellness practice thanks to a little help from the queen of wellness blogging, Gwyneth Paltrow.
“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 fucking mind. What is this,” she explained to The Cut. “But then by the end of it I was like, ‘This is so great.'”
While it may be so great for your idea of wellness, it actually may not be so great for your va-jay-jay. Despite Paltrow explaining the benefits on Goop of the supposedly hormone-balancing and bacteria-vanquishing activity, an Ob/Gyn has swooped in to splash some cold water on all of the hopes and dreams you might’ve had about feeling “infrared and mugwort steam” hitting your labia.
“There is no need to steam the vagina. There are really very few bacteria in the lining of the uterus compared to the billions in the vagina,” Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob/gyn and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine explained to Self. “We have very effective treatments [for hormonal issues], but steam cleaning isn’t one of them.”
There are more effective ways to achieve your zen and find balance in your body, soul, and vajayjay. Step away from the steamers, cancel your appointment to the spa, and try out a vagina massage instead. Remember, If you want a happy and healthy vagina, treating it like broccoli isn’t the answer.
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