So in the news lately is an article that is demonizing the lovely Chrissy Teagan for, well, pretty much every single decision she makes regarding her children. Never mind that it is only because she chooses natural methods and ways over mainstream and pharmesutical that makes the industry feel threatened in some way.....but I digress.
This time specifically, it was about her choice to steam her vagina after giving birth. The uproar was insane, with 'experts' weighing in about how it was unhealthy to put steam in the vagina. Let's start right there. At no point in the vaginal steaming process does steam go IN to the vagina. How do I know? Well, I'm a Mother Roaster. I have been trained in traditional and ancient postpartum practices that bring wellness and balance back to the body, and assist in quickening the healing process after birth. So when I tell you that steam does not go IN the vagina you should probably trust me on this one.
What happens instead is a gentle and warm steam that goes mostly around the outer labia, and if the woman chooses to GENTLY spread her legs a little bit, then a bit more of the soothing warmth will penetrate the membranes and tissues of of the inner labia. Once again, there is nothing going IN the vagina. Yes, I realize I keep emphasizing the word 'in'. It feels necessary as people seem to have either a vision of a harsh jet stream of steam being forced directly into the vaginal opening, or a picture more like steaming clams (no pun intended....well, maybe a little bit.).
The steam is more along the lines of what builds up in the bathroom and you shower. You know how you take a hot shower, and then when you get out, it is.....steamy? Does that steam hurt you? Definitely not. It does however, open your pores, allowing toxins to leave the skin and body, while at the same time having the capability of taking in properties that are good for the body if there are herbs or oils present, such as putting a sprig of eucalyptys in the shower to diffuse the oils and smells. It's no different with a V-Steam. I choose herbs and flowers to put in hot water to steep, then give it a couple minutes to cool so that you don't burn yourself. We put the bowl either under a slotted chair or in a well-scrubbed toilet, then wrap you in towels and robes to make sure your body doesn't chill while steaming. Then, you just hang out and relax. Seriously, that is it.
I really wish people would stop falling for the fear mongering. If this practice is so incredibly harmful, it wouldn't have kept in practice for thousands of years. It just wouldn't have. Our society loves to go through phases where they ridicule and mock anything that isn't conformed to what the powers at be believe our image should be. When in all honesty, it is modern medicine that is still having to prove itself safe, effective, and without side effects.
V-steams are used for a multitude of reasons including: fertility issues, menstruation relief, and of course postpartum wellness. So next time you are on your moon cycle, or shivering with abdominal pain from birth, contact a provider or study up on a v-steam for a soothing, and all natural option to aiding the body in healing itself.