Vaginal Steaming (V-Steaming)
Vaginal steaming is a universal practice without any one clear place of origin.
It appears to be a practice that women everywhere developed for the purpose of postpartum care and treating gynecological concerns.
Vaginal steaming has been found in the following places:
South Korea, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Turkey, Latvia, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Navajo Nation, Palau, Papua New, Guinea, Hawaii
What is vaginal steaming used for?
Most commonly, vaginal steaming is used by midwives for postpartum care right after a woman has a baby.
Vaginal steaming is also used as a hygenic post-period practice to get any left-over blood out of the vaginal tract once the period is over.
Lastly, vaginal steaming is used to treat gynecological problems. Cramps, trouble conceiving, infections, fibroids, cysts, dryness…vaginal steaming helps to naturally get rid of the problem.
From the first period to post-menopause, it is an important tool for self-care.
Does It Really Work?
According to various case studies, vaginal steaming appears to improve symptoms in over 90% of all gynecological problems and shows tremendous potential as an alternative to invasive medical procedures.
There’s clear reason why women everywhere have used it for thousands of years. There’s nothing that compares to it.
One thing is evident–vaginal steaming doesn’t hurt, and–if it does work in a specific case–it’s a really good alternative to surgery and artificial hormones. For most, it is practical and affordable to give it a try.
What Does It Feel Like?
You know the feeling you have after a hot shower or bath?
Your female organs feel like that.
Vaginal Steam Benefits May Include:
Clearing up bacteria or yeast infections
Draining painful cysts
Resolving unexplained infertility
Postpartum Recovery (i.e. getting the body back to pre-pregnancy state, weight loss, lochia elimination, correcting prolapse/hemorrhoids, etc)
Heavy Menstruation Reduction
Increase in Scanty Menstruation
Missing Period Return
Regularizing long or short cycles to 28-30 days
Improving Vaginal Prolapse and Tightens Canal
Moisturizing Vaginal Dryness
Alleviating Painful Sex
Clearing up viruses and STDs
General Hygeine and Well-Being
According to a study on vaginal practices by the World Health Organization published in 2011, one of the ways in which women practice vaginal care is by “Vaginal steaming or smoking: the ‘steaming’ or ‘smoking’ of the vagina, by sitting above a source of heat (fire, coals, hot rocks) on which water, herbs, or oils are placed to create steam or smoke”. For that study, over 4,000 women in Tete (Mozambique), KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Yogyakarta (Indonesia), and Chonburi (Thailand) were asked about their vaginal care. When it came to vaginal steaming/smoking, very different results were obtained, and very different reasons were given: in Chonburi, 67% of women reported having performed vaginal steaming or smoking, “which they associated with maintaining wellness and feminine identity”, especially after having given birth (85.5%). In Tete, only 10% of women practiced steaming or smoking, “mostly intended to enhance male sexual pleasure by causing vaginal tightening (64.1% of users) and drying (22.9%)”. In the two African locations, 37–38% of women said they practiced it to enhance “male sexual pleasure”; in the two Asian ones, 0% gave that answer. Conversely, of the Asian women 26% reported their “feminine identity” was a reason, compared to 0% of the African women.
Vaginal steaming, sometimes shortened to V-steaming, and also known as yoni steaming, is an old health practice whereby a woman squats or sits over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood and basil. It has been practiced in Africa (Mozambique, South Africa), Asia (Indonesia, Thailand), and Central America (among the Q’eqchi’ people).
It has become an alternative health practice for women in the Western world. It is described in spas as an ancient Korean treatment for reproductive organ ailments and is claimed to have other benefits. There is no empirical evidence supporting any of these claims. In a paper for Culture, Health & Sexuality, Vandenburg and Braun argue that the rhetoric of vaginal steaming mirrors sexist Western discourse about the supposed inherent dirtiness of the female body, and that its claims of improved fertility and sexual pleasure continue the view that the female body exists for male sexual pleasure and childbearing.
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