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Vaginal Steaming: The Bad Effect You Must Know

Vaginal steaming can harm you. That is the main takeaway from a new study that highlighted the story of a woman from Canada who sustained a serious injury after trying the treatment. 

V-steaming started to gain more popularity in the U.S. and other parts of the world after some celebrities promoted it as a health treatment. Gwyneth Paltrow previously recommended using the steaming approach through her celebrity wellness brand Goop, followed by model Chrissy Teigen, who posted on Instagram a photo of her getting a vaginal steam. 

Some women claimed that vaginal steaming could help cleanse the uterus, reduce cramps and increase their energy. However, it lacks a scientific evidence to support the health benefits of the treatment. 

In addition, a recent case of a 62-year-old woman showed the negative effect of vaginal steaming. Experts reported her cases in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.

The unnamed patient reportedly tried the treatment for vagina prolapse. Prior to the incident, a doctor recommended that she get surgery.

But the woman followed an advice from a traditional Chinese doctor who said getting hot steam into her vagina would help her fix her condition, Forbes reported

Vaginal Steaming: Facts and Potential Effects

Despite the growing use of V-steaming, there are little to no research being conducted to explore it could affect the body. Some fans even said the treatment helped them tighten their vagina. 

But many experts have been warning about its potentially bad effects. In the case of the Canadian woman, vaginal steaming caused a second-degree burn of the lining of her cervix and vagina. 

Prior to that, she tried the stream for 20 minutes daily for several days after getting the advice from the Chinese doctor. A few days after starting the treatment, she started to see a bloody discharge from her vagina.

Doctors recommended that she apply an antibiotic ointment to the affected area and covering it with gauze for initial treatment.  

Using steam can also disrupt the normal environment in the vagina. V-steaming may not be necessary since the vagina is capable of self-cleaning.

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