So I’ve often spoken about the wonders of Yoni Steaming and how it can help in a myriad of different ways… It really is one of the most effective practices we women can use to deal with any menstrual/reproductive health issues we may be experiencing – and yet, at the same time it is super-gentle and totally non-invasive too.
And there really isn’t much it can’t handle – anything from painful periods to PMS to infertility to chronic infections, even getting rid of fibroids and cysts… as well as providing the most nurturing post-partum care for new mamas.
Having said all that, however, there are certain times when yoni steaming is completely contraindicated. Hands down. So it is vital that we are aware of this and ALWAYS avoid steaming in cases of:-
- Any fresh bleeding of any kind – whether on your period or not. Steaming increases heat and circulation to the reproductive organs – and speeds liquids up, which can create very heavy or “flood” bleeding as a result. So even if you are only experiencing spotting or “trickle” bleeding, if you see fresh blood, steaming is an absolute no-no until it has stopped. (If the blood is brown, it is fine to steam – as this indicates old residue and a hesitant flow and is usually only seen at either the beginning or end of the period).
- Pregnancy. Steaming opens the cervix slightly – so steaming when pregnant could lead to a miscarriage or premature labour.
- After ovulation, if trying to conceive – so avoid steaming any time after Days 14-15-16 – for the next 2 weeks – and until after your next period in fact (if it comes – if it doesn’t and you are pregnant, still don’t steam!). This is because the steam could clear out the sperm or open the cervix causing a very early miscarriage.
- If you have experienced spontaneous heavy bleeding – or 2 periods a month – within the past 3 months. This is also known as AUB – Abnormal Uterine Bleeding – and this needs to be brought under control (acupuncture can be an extremely effective way of doing this) – and have been so for at least 3 months – before doing any yoni steaming. Doing so beforehand can cause very heavy bleeding that may even require hospitalisation. DON’T DO IT.
As well as these “hard” contraindications, there are also some “soft” ones that may – or may not – mean that you decide to steam:-
- Chronic infection, when accompanied by a burning itch, this indicates that there is already a lot of heat in the genitals and steaming can cause symptoms to worsen as a result. You can still try steaming if you would like to – but in cases like these, a cooling herbal “sitz” bath (using the same herbs as one would for steaming – selected specifically for these kinds of infections) is usually a better idea.
- Tubal Ligation (coagulation method) – if you have had your Fallopian tubes tied via cauterisation, then it is the scar tissue that forms as a result that stops the egg from making its way to the uterus each month, thus preventing pregnancy. Yoni steaming is, however, particularly good at breaking down scar tissue – so steaming when you have had such a procedure could actually cause it to be reversed – and pregnancy to be the outcome! Some women do still choose to steam but use a back-up form of birth control as they do so.
- Birth control “implant” in the arm – eg Implanon or Nexplanon – this prevents pregnancy by creating thick mucus at the opening and lining of the uterus so that sperm can’t get through or a fertilised egg implant. But again, steaming can clear this mucus out – and cause this method of birth control to fail. A back-up form of birth control can be used – or you can opt not to steam if using this method of birth control.
- “Essure” birth control – a metal and fibre coil is placed inside each Fallopian tube – which then causes scar tissue to form around it, thus blocking the passage of the egg to the uterus. Once again, steaming could cause this scar tissue to break down – or for the coil to dislodge, hence reversing this birth control method. Again, you can still steam but are recommended to use a back-up method of birth control if you do so.
- Uterine ablation – a procedure where the walls of the uterus scar over after being burnt. This is done to reduce heavy menstrual flow (who thinks this stuff up??!) – and, in fact, often stops the flow altogether. Once again, steaming can clear out the scar tissue, effectively reversing the procedure.
As well as bearing the above restrictions in mind, it is also very important to choose the right herb blend and protocol best suited to whatever it is you are meaning to address. So working with a yoni steaming practitioner is always recommended – and definitely so before you steam for the first time.
I am very nearly qualified as a Vaginal Steam Facilitator (hopefully within the next couple of weeks!) and will be offering online consultation packages – which will include a full initial assessment, followed by a recommendation for the correct herb formula (no matter where you are in the world – I will direct you to the best herb suppliers accordingly) and steaming protocol according to each individual’s needs. It will also include email follow-ups at 1, 2 and 3 month intervals following the initial assessment.
If you are interested in booking a consultation or finding out more, please contact me using the Contact Form and I will get back to you as soon as possible ♥