Vaginal Steaming 101

Vaginal, what? Yes, you did read that right. Vaginal steaming! Also known as v steams, or yoni steams.

If you haven’t heard of this therapy, you are not alone. I was unfamiliar with v steams until I started looking in to how to help women heal after childbirth. It turns out, vaginal steaming is an amazing therapy to help postpartum mamas heal, but it also helps with almost any issue women have with lady parts and reproductive organs.

Let’s de-mystify the vaginal steam

What is it?

Simply put: you steep herbs like an herbal tea, undress from the waist down, sit over the steaming herbs and let all that herbal goodness work it’s magic.

You may be thinking - ouch, isn’t that hot and wouldn’t that burn me? Nope! Have you ever been in a sauna? After awhile the heat becomes uncomfortable but as long as you stay in for the perfect amount of time, it feels wonderful.

Of course you want to be absolutely sure that the steam is at a soothing, not hot, temperature. You can always stand up and let the water cool if it’s too hot. But once you’ve found your perfect temperature, you will find that it’s an incredibly relaxing and wonderful therapy.

What is it helpful for?

Vaginal steaming is used around the world for all sorts of gynecological problems. Here are just a few things that can benefit from steaming.

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Low libido

  • Organ prolapse like bladder and uterine prolapse.

  • Absent menstrual cycles

  • Short or long menstrual cycles.

  • Healing after childbirth

  • Painful period cramps

  • Irregular periods

  • Fertility

  • Ovarian cysts

  • Uterine fibroids


Why am I hearing about it for the first time?

Here in the US vaginal steaming is almost frowned upon in the medical world. Why? Because we don’t have any double-blind, controlled studies looking in to how it helps women.

So should we be wary of it if we don’t have any clinical trials telling us about how it works? Absolutely not! What we do have are women’s stories who have used steam successfully to heal all sorts of things “down there”. And that, in the research world, is just as important.

Once you try steaming, you will know that it is incredibly therapeutic. You may even feel as though you’ve found something that you didn’t know you were looking for. That’s how I felt when I started steaming. I steamed for 30 days after giving birth to my second baby and it was fantastic. Read more about my postpartum story here and here.

Can all women steam?

Steaming is beneficial for women of all ages and stages! Young girls who are going through puberty, up to women who have gone through menopause and everyone in between.

At the same time, there are certain reasons why someone should not steam. For example, women who are pregnant, women who are on their periods and women who have spontaneous bleeding should avoid steaming all together. Are you trying to get pregnant? You can steam, but only during certain times of your cycle. So while steaming is wonderful for women, you should work with someone who is trained in herbal medicine and peristeam hydrotherapy (aka vaginal steaming) to find out your exact plan. You may have already guessed this, but that person is me!

Do you have that excited feeling in the pit of your stomach knowing that this is exactly what your lady parts have been looking for? Let’s talk! I have vaginal steam consultations available for you. We chat on the phone for 30 minutes and at the end of our call, you get a custom steam plan so you can start steaming right away!