Vaginal Steaming

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What Benefits Come From Vaginal Steaming?

Aside from achieving healthy bleeding cycles and transitional phases here are some additional benefits to Vaginal Steaming.
Relaxation
Deep Sleep
Increased Vaginal Nectar (clear pleasant smelling fertile mucous)
Heightened Libido and Sexual Sensation
Heightened Fertility
Circulation Improvement
Decreased PMS symptoms
Water Retention Disbursement
Emotional Balance
Skin Beautification
Tightened and lifted vaginal canal
Scar softening
Helps prevention and treatment of ingrown hairs.

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Exposure to heat from steam causes vasodilation which increases circulation to the exposed area, as well as the uterine blood vessels that connect to the vaginal canal, cervix and uterus. As with any organ, increasing circulation helps to improve the overall function and vitality so that it can perform its functions more optimally.

Following regular steam sessions, users commonly report an increase in the removal of old residue in their menstrual flow. It is not uncommon for users to report the expulsion of black, sticky, tar-like menses, large clots, tissue masses, dried blood chips and scar tissue from previous uterine surgeries or trauma. Once the old residue clears, however, steam user periods are often characterized with fresh, red, oxygenated blood from start to finish.

Steaming appears to clear out irregular discharge that is described as thick, yellow, green, or malodorous. Discharge of this nature fosters a hospitable breeding ground for bacteria, yeast and viruses. By draining irregular discharge the vagina is better able to maintain a suitable pH and healthy flora. It is possible that the increase in temperature caused by steaming may kill heat-sensitive viruses such as HPV upon contact.

Steaming helps both external and internal tissue cells to be deeply cleansed and drained, resulting in the reduction or elimination of swollen or inflamed bumps, ingrown hairs, clogged ducts and related issues.

Vaginal Steam directly reaches the external perineum, vaginal canal, the bottom of the cervix, and possibly the uterus cavity. This quality makes steaming a useful tool for gently reaching delicate and sensitive areas without the use of manual tools, instruments, hands, surgery or invasive force.

Vaginal Steam stimulates a meridian point named conception vessel 1 that is located where three of the most powerful yin channels converge on the body — the conception, governing and penetrating channels. These three channels are responsible for all of the qi flow through the upper and lower parts of the body and all of the extremities.

Vaginal steam may be a method of herb administration because of how permeable the vaginal mucus membrane is and how vaginal blood vessels connect to the body’s circulatory system. If herbs are indeed absorbed during a steam session, this may help to target specific health imbalances through administering herbs with specified properties. For example, instead of oral antibiotics to treat infections connected to the reproductive organs and adjacent anatomy, one might be able to observe comparable success with anti-bacterial herbs administered via vaginal steaming.

In contrast to how people feel about most treatments from the gynecologist, steam users describe vaginal steaming as soothing, relaxing, and enjoyable. Such feelings increase the likelihood of benefiting from vaginal steam therapy.

When Vaginal Steaming Doesn’t Work

Vaginal steaming may seem ineffective in some cases due to a misunderstanding of how to interpret efficacy. Some users initially experience an increase in irregular discharge, clotting, cramping, brown or black menses, or vaginal irritation and attribute steaming as the cause of these ‘problems’.

It is critical to understand that steam itself loosens and liquefies old residue and then the menstrual period allows it to fully flow out.

One must understand that steam cannot introduce matter, such as clots or mucus, into the vaginal canal.

Since steam helps to expel, dislodge, and clear out matter, however, vaginal steaming may result in a more intense post-steam period as built up stagnation drains and as the uterus contracts (cramps) to expel it. For this reason, understanding proper period care (how to care for the womb during the period in order to assist and not hinder the cleanse) is vital. It goes hand in hand with introducing a steam practice into someone’s routine.

Positive side effects of vaginal steaming

Users report…

Better sleep, decrease swelling in legs and feet, decreased abdominal bloating, slimmer waistline, increased libido, decrease in breast soreness, fewer headaches, fewer PMS symptoms, increased energy, lucid dreams, tingling feet, increased lubrication, healthy bowel movement, improved urinary release, reduced back pain.

Although vaginal steaming has not been extensively studied by medical science, there is growing evidence to suggest that it may be a beneficial practice for certain gynecological conditions. The widespread prevalence of vaginal steaming in ancient medical texts and indigenous medical practices (predating the current Sims-era gynecological system that focuses primarily on surgery and pharmaceuticals) is promising and should be further explored.

Within the past two decades, there have been a handful of studies exploring the impact of vaginal steaming on gynecology and, so far, all of the results have been favorable.

Researchers who have conducted studies on vaginal steaming come from all parts of the world including the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute (USA); the Public Health Service in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) with the Public Health Service in Paramaribo (Suriname); University of Zurich (Switzerland); the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine with the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China); Dae-Jeon University (Korea); Seoul University (Korea); The Society of Korean Medicine Obstetrics and Gyneocology (Korea); Pusan National University (Korea); and Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Ayurved (India).

Topics studied include vaginal steaming for: postpartum recovery, chlamydia, genital infection, vaginal atrophy, menstrual pain, irregular vaginal discharge, vaginitis, high risk HPV, cervical cancer and yeast infections.

Some of the possible signs of the steam creating a healthy cleanse may include: urination urge while steaming; browning discharge after steaming; increased clots; cramps or brown menses during the next period; increased dry cramps; increased irregular vaginal discharge (white, green, thick clumpy); emotional release; periods that come earlier or later than expected. All of these signs are a normal part of the cleansing process and then these signs should go away once the cleanse is complete. Please note these changes and inform your practitioner.

Caution Signs of Vaginal Steaming

Rash
May be an allergic reaction to herbs. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs should be adjusted.

Bumps
May be a cleansing side effect, can continue steaming but should check with medical doctor if it looks suspicious. Advise practitioner.

Headaches
May be dehydration or a signs of too much circulation. Advise practitioner. Steam duration and schedule should be adjusted.

Itchiness
May be a reaction to herbs or may be related to irregular discharge clearing out. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs may need adjustment. If irregular discharge is the problem an herbal soak is recommended.

Diarrhea
May be a sign that the herbs are too strong. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs should be adjusted. Nausea or Vomiting May be a sign that the herbs are too strong or there is an allergy. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs should be adjusted.

Inter-Period Bleeding
May be a uterine bleeding contraindication. Implement first aid to stop bleeding guidelines. Advise practitioner. Onset of Fresh Spotting. May be a uterine bleeding sensitivity and maybe contraindication. Implement first aid to stop bleeding guidelines. Advise practitioner.

Stripped Skin
Usually a sign that the steam temperature is too hot or the herbs are too concentrated. Advise practitioner.

Shortened Menstrual Cycles (27 days or less)
May be a uterine bleeding sensitivity. Advise practitioner.

Pain
Pain is not normal during or after a vaginal steam session. If you feel pain, please seek medical attention.

Herpes Outbreak
Herpes is a virus that is sensitive to heat. When steaming with the herpes virus, it is important to only do a mild 10-minute steam session. In most cases, this will prevent any outbreak while doing a mild 10-min session. If this isn’t the case for you, then steaming may not be suitable for you, and instead you may consider doing a herbal soak.

Vaginal Steaming For Menstrual Irregularities

Vaginal steam users report improvements with menstrual irregularities such as absent periods, long menstrual cycles, short menstrual cycles, heavy bleeding, light bleeding and clots. They have also reported that steam is useful for managing negative menstrual cycle side effects such as cramps, pain, headaches and back pain. It is recommended to try steaming on a weekly basis and before and after the period to see if that improves the irregularity or side effect. It is also advised to get a custom steam plan and a menstrual cycle analysis to determine the underlying imbalances that are potentially causing the problem and create a tailored steam plan for underlying imbalances.

Steaming For Youth

On average, menarche (the first period) occurs around the age of 13, though it may occur earlier or later. It is recommended that a child start steaming at the age of 12 in order to encourage a healthy first period.

Once the first period occurs, steaming should be done the day after the period ends as a regular monthly practice.

They can also add weekly steam sessions to encourage cycle regularity and improved period health.

Steaming For Fertility

Steaming is recommended prior to conception regularly for one year, in order to ensure that the womb is healthy and ready to conceive.

Optimal conception readiness occurs when someone has a menstrual cycle that is 28-30 days in length, a healthy four-day period that begins and ends with fresh red blood flow and has no signs of old menses.

Most people will be ready for conception with one year of weekly vaginal steam sessions.

Vaginal steaming can be used in tandem with fertility assistance as suggested by Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Laurena White of The Eudaimonia Center.

Steaming For Labor

Although steaming is contraindicated during pregnancy, it can be used once the mother is full term for labor preparation and active labor support.

Case studies show that steaming may be useful to encourage labor starting naturally, shorten labor time and prevent birth injuries. If possible, every birth-giver or their birth-worker team should have vaginal steam supplies in the home and designated birthing space.

A vaginal steam sauna and steaming herbs are a great gift for every mom/parent-to-be.

Steaming For Postpartum

The most common and universal use of vaginal steaming around the world is for postpartum recovery.

A trial study called the Fourth Trimester Vaginal Steam Study found that postpartum steaming was useful for returning the vulva to it’s pre- pregnancy state more quickly; expelling lochia (postpartum discharge) in a shorter period of time; reducing the strength and occurrence of postpartum contractions; lowering blood pressure and pulse; helping the uterus shrink below the pelvic bone more quickly; accelerating waist girth and weight reduction; alleviating suture discomfort such as itchiness, tightness, pulling or tenderness; improving bowel regularity; and reducing postpartum hemorrhoids.

Though it’s best to start as soon as possible (as early as the day of birth), it must first be confirmed that the uterine blood vessels are closed and it is safe to initiate steaming.

Link for the study:
http://www.fourthtrimestervaginalsteamstudy.com/

Steaming For Pregnancy Loss

Vaginal Steaming can be used during and after pregnancy loss. Vaginal steam users have found that it is useful for clearing out retained pregnancy matter, returning post pregnancy loss missing cycles, encouraging a healthy period upon menstruation  return, initiating contractions for missed miscarriages and recovering from fallopian tube removal.

Steaming For Stages of Menopause

Vaginal steaming may be used when approaching menopause to make sure that when the period comes to a complete stop, there isn’t any old residue left in the womb.

Weekly steaming during pre-menopausal years is also recommended to help relieve symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and night sweats.

Vaginal steaming  may be used after menopause. Steam users report relief of vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, phantom period symptoms, low libido and poor sleep.

Postmenopausal steam users can also use steaming if they have infections, fibroids and cysts.

Steaming For Infections

Vaginal steaming can be used while experiencing viral, yeast and bacterial infections.

Vaginal steaming helps to clear out irregular vaginal discharge which appears to relieve and reduce infection symptoms. Steam users report that it has helped with yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, cervical dysplasia and HPV. In China and Korea, steaming has also been used to address uterine cancer.

Steaming for vaginal infections requires special training and should be done after consultation or intake form. The practitioner will first determine the nature of the infection, if and when steaming can be used, the appropriate herbs and setup, as well as additional factors that may trigger the infection in order to help with prevention.

Steaming For Ovulation Pain

Vaginal steaming can be used for ovulation pain and cramping. It can be used before ovulation to attempt to prevent the problem as well as during the pain for alleviation. If there are any signs of old residue in the womb during the period, it should be resolved to see if it can prevent further occurrence of the problem.

Steaming For Reproductive Disorders

Vaginal steaming may be used when uterine disorders present themselves. Vaginal steam users have reported improvement with fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, ovarian cysts, Bartholin’s cysts, cervical cysts, paraurethral cysts, polyps, scarring, Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

Steaming for womb dysfunctions requires special training and should not be done without a certified practitioner.

Steaming For Trauma

Steaming can be done anytime someone experiences sexual trauma that may have been painful or triggering or difficult to process. This is true for experiences where there was consent and someone is with a trusted partner as well as if there was a rape or other type of violation.

Vaginal steaming can be used to clear out other person’s semen and/or scent, disinfect wounds, possibly prevent pregnancy. Additionally, it serves as a soothing experience that may help to aid with relaxation when struggling with disturbed sleep.

Lastly, vaginal steaming may help with the return of menstrual regularity and health which would be useful in hormonal balance — likely, a key factor in trauma recovery.

Steaming For Painful Sex

Vaginal steaming can and should be used when experiencing pain during sex. In many cases, steam users have reported immediate relief. If focused on using steam to help with sexual pain, try steaming directly prior to sex with a home setup.

Steaming For Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Vaginal steaming can be used when pelvic organ prolapse of the uterus, colon or bladder occurs.

In many cases, vaginal steam users have reported prolapse improvement with steaming, especially if done immediately postpartum.

In other situations where the prolapse has a longer history, vaginal steam users have used steaming coupled with pelvic floor exercises to see improvement.

Steaming For Rectal and Fistula Issues

Vaginal steaming can and should be used for certain rectal issues. When steaming to target this area, the user must elevate their feet or tilt their body to allow steam target the rectum.

Steam users have reported improvement with hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, anal fissures and anal fistula. There have been several cases where people were able to avoid surgery for these issues. In Korea, rectum steaming is also used for colon cancer.

Vaginal steaming can be helpful when there is a fistula (hole) in the rectum, vagina or bladder. Steaming appears to help clean the fecal matter or urine at the fistula site and disinfect the abrasion to allow the hole to repair itself.

Steaming For Pelvic Exams

Vaginal steaming can be done immediately before pelvic exams to help with skin elasticity and possibly reduce the occurrence of abrasion or pain.

Vaginal steaming may also be done as soon as possible after pelvic exams to disinfect tears, clear out lubricant, and prevent any chance of cross contamination from medical tools or hands.

Steaming To Avoid Surgery or Post Surgery

In some cases, vaginal steam users have been able to successfully use vaginal steaming as an alternative to surgery.

If your health provider is recommending an elective, non-emergency hysterectomy, myomectomy, uterine artery embolization, exploratory laparoscopy or pelvic floor reconstructive surgery then you can schedule a consult to outline a 3-12 month steam plan to see if the problem can be naturally resolved before making the decision to schedule a life-altering surgery.

If an elective surgery has already been scheduled, please remember that you can cancel or postpone your surgery at any time. An elective surgery is your choice.

Vaginal steaming can be used following a recent or previous surgical procedure, as long as any incisions have been completely healed prior. Vaginal steam users have reported a variety of post-surgical steaming benefits including relief from scar tissue discomfort, diminished sensation, vaginal dryness, irregular discharge and pain during intercourse.

Steaming For Men

Pelvic steaming can and should be used for male health issues. In Asia, the practice is as widely used for male reproductive issues as it is for female reproductive issues.

Male steaming may be used for erectile dysfunction, prostate health, reduction of an enlarged prostate, any penile or scrotal diseases, any rectal issues, colon cancer, hemorrhoids.

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