Safety of Vaginal Steaming
Although the study by the researchers in the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center seems to prove the effectiveness of guava leaves for wounds, there are still some safety concerns.
For instance, a 62-year old woman from Canada suffered second-degree burns after trying vaginal steaming. She stated that she had vaginal prolapse, a condition wherein the bowel, bladder, and uterus protrudes from the vagina. She tried the hot steam remedy to help with the condition.
Another safety concern is infection. Experts say that the heat brought by the steam can encourage the growth of bacteria and yeast.
Finally, there are very few studies about vaginal steaming, and women who are expecting should not use this remedy. As always, it is best to consult your doctor.
Should You Try Vaginal Steaming?
According to gynecologists, it is not necessary to do vaginal steaming outside of postpartum wound care.
If your goal is to cleanse the vagina, hot steam treatment is irrelevant. The vagina is a “self-cleaning organ.” Doctors don’t even recommend the use of soap and feminine care products.
On the other hand, if you aim to absorb the medicinal benefits of the herbs, there is still no study to prove that they can penetrate the vaginal skin.
If you want to promote wound healing after childbirth and argue that the study above seems to suggest that it’s effective, remember that the study also had the women use guava leaves extract as a perineal wash.
In conclusion, when it comes to treating postpartum wounds or any reproductive and menstrual concerns, the medical community discourages vaginal steaming. It’s best to consult your doctor.
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