Definition - What does Vaginal Steaming mean?
Vaginal steaming refers to the alternative health practice of having a woman sit or squat over steaming water containing herbs. It is said to promote healthy fertility and aid women with chronic fertility issues by bringing heat to the womb.
Vaginal steaming is also called V-steaming or yoni steaming.
FertilitySmarts explains Vaginal Steaming
Vaginal steaming is thought to have originated in Korea and only recently have people in Western countries began its practice.
The steaming water contains certain herbs that are said to help with a myriad of women's health issues, including menstrual irregularities and cramps, uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, vaginal and ovarian cysts, bladder and yeast infections, perennial tears, and infertility. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Common herbs used in vaginal steaming are mugwort, wormwood, rosemary, lavender, yarrow, partridge berry, motherwort, calendula, and rose petals.
The vagina normally contains certain bacteria that help prevent the overgrowth of other bacteria or yeast. Practices that involve "cleansing" the vagina, like douching, can disrupt this normal balance and make a woman prone to vaginal and yeast infections. As a result, health care professionals discourage these practices. Furthermore, gynecologists have noted that the steam that enters the vagina in the process of vaginal steaming will not actually be able to get into the uterus. Therefore, many of the claimed benefits of this practice on the uterus are highly unlikely.