Vaginal vapor baths involve sitting on a steaming bowl of water that contains a mixture of herbs. The practice gained popularity in 2015, after the actress Gwyneth Paltrow will back it up as a method to clean the vagina. But since then, doctors have warned that v-steam is not backed by science and could cause damage.
V-steam, in fact, could cause burns to sensitive vaginal tissue if the steam gets too close to the body, as a new study suggests. In addition, vaginal vapor can alter the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina, as many of them are beneficial.
A case study
The tendency to clean the vagina with "vaginal steam" carries risks, as evidenced by the case of a woman in Canada who developed second degree burns after trying this treatment.
The 62-year-old woman had recently been diagnosed with vaginal prolapse, and he thought that vaginal vapor could help treat his condition, according to the report, which was published in the June issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada.
Vaginal prolapse is a condition in which the organs of the pelvis, such as the vagina, uterus or bladder, fall or slip out of their normal place. But the woman's attempt to vaporize her vagina sent her to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with second degree burns on her cervix and vaginal membranes.
The report appears to be the first documented case of vaginal steam burns, according to the author of the report, Magali Robert, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary.