BY now you’ve probably heard of the bizarre trend of vagina steaming.
If you haven’t, it basically involves you sitting or squatting over a specially designed container filled with boiling water to let the steam cleanse your lady bits.
Getty – Contributor Steaming you vagina is not a good idea and could leave you with burns or a nasty infection
Sometimes herbs thought to have healing properties are added to the water, you know, for little extra kick.
It’s widely promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow and her wellness brand Goop – but has been slammed by gynaecologists globally.
She recommends using the herb mugworth for a “mugworth v-steam” to cleanse the uterus and has insisted it has real healing benefits, but the science behind it is yet to be proven.
Sound like something you’d like to do? Probably not.
EBay Steaming you vagina involves sitting or squatting over a specially designed pot of boiling water
Be warned, if you are thinking about steaming your lady garden it’s a BAD idea and could cause more harm than good.
The first thing you’ve probably thought of is burns.
Anyone who has ever accidentally put their hand over a boiling kettle, or lifted the lid on a boiling pot of water, knows the agony hot steam can cause.
Now imagine that between your legs – ouch.
Getty Images – Getty Vagina steaming is promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow and her wellness brand, Goop, but has been slammed by gynaecologists
The skin around your vulva and vagina is very sensitive, so if the steam is too hot it could cause burns.
If that’s not enough to put you off, perhaps this is: steaming down there can upset the natural levels of bacteria your vagina needs to stay healthy, leaving you at risk of a nasty infection.
“It’s a myth that the vagina needs extensive cleaning as it is designed to clean itself with natural secretions,” said Vanessa Mackay of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
“The vagina contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it.
“Steaming the vagina could affect this healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels and cause irritation, infection such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush and inflammation.
“It could also burn the delicate skin around the vagina and the vulva.”
Getty – Contributor The bottom line is, your vagina is self-cleaning and doesn’t need any extra help in that department
Both of these infections are things you’d probably rather avoid.
Thrush is a common yeast infection that affects most women at some point in their lives.
In most cases the yeast infection is easy to treat, with help from your pharmacists and over-the-counter medications.
But it will leave you with an uncomfortable itching, burning sensation you-know-where, so you’re best avoiding anything that could trigger the infection.
These are the colours you need to watch out for in your discharge to tell if you have an infection
Bacterial vaginosis is also not a price you want to pay for steaming your va-jay-jay.
It occurs when the bacteria inside the vagina becomes disrupted.
It doesn’t usually come with itching or pain but can create a strong fishy smell – probably not what you were hoping for when you squatted over that boiling pot of water.
All that aside, if you are still worried about the health and cleanliness of your vagina, take comfort in the fact that it actually cleans itself.
It produces a discharge that is a form of mucus produced from the cervix, the opening of the womb.