There’s many things steam is great for; vegetables, ironing, humidifiers, clearing your pores…but not your vagina.
A 62-year-old woman learned that the hard way when she steamed her vagina to help treat her vaginal prolapse — a condition where the vagina’s support system weakens or breaks, causing it to prolapse (fall out of place).
Vaginal steaming (or v-steaming) is an alternative treatment that some people use to tighten and freshen the vagina and reduce menstrual cramps.
However, professional health experts remain skeptical towards the practise since there’s no scientific research to back up its claims.
The method suggests adding fresh herbs to a pot filled with boiling water and then pouring it into a bowl in the toilet.
Then it’s suggested the person remove their underwear and sit on the toilet while using a large blanket to cover the waist. The steaming process takes 10-12 minutes and can be repeated.
As per a Chinese doctor’s advice, the woman used the method as a way to help her condition, but she received second-degree burns instead, according to the report published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada.
Despite feeling any pain or discomfort, the hot steam had burned the lining of her cervix and vagina, reported Forbes website.
Doctors like Magali Robert MD, MSc, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary, warn against this method as it can disturb the bodily functions.
“Clinicians need to be aware of alternative treatments available to women so that counselling may mitigate any potential harm,” said Robert.
With continual use, the woman could have done serious damage by scalding her vagina.
She was advised to stop the practice and apply ointment to the burn and cover the affected area with gauze.
V-steaming has been known for centuries but was recently made popular by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen.
However, the practice is alarming to health professionals who recognize the potential harm it inflicts on a woman’s body.
Women’s health expert and medical doctor Jennifer Wider says the most obvious concern is burning your vagina.
Wilder said vaginas should be kept at body temperature, any hotter and it can run into the risk of bad bacteria, yeast growth, slow down enzymes, and develop an itch.
“The vaginal area is sensitive and these types of burns can be painful and difficult to treat,” Wider told Women’s Health Magazine.
It might be time to toss out that hot-pot of yours.