Hollywood starlet Gwyneth Paltrow recently wrote about the restorative powers of vaginal steam treatments on her website - Goop. Here’s a view on it and five other things you should not be doing to your vagina.
1. Steaming it
Paltrow was in huge rave of Tikkun Spa’s Mugwort V-Steam. She offers “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al,” the Oscar winner explains. “It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels.”
But ob/gyns calls her bluff. They further add ““It probably feels good because the heat increases blood flow to the whole vaginal area, including the clitoris, which could turn some women on,” says Hilda Hutcherson, MD, an ob/gyn at Columbia University Medical Center and author of Pleasure: A Woman’s Guide to Getting the Sex You Want,Need and Deserve. “But if you got too close to the steam, you could end up with second-degree burns down there.” Yikes.
The bottom line is you are likely to feel more balanced and energized by opting for a relaxing full body massage.
2. Sunbathing It
Before your peel off your bikini bottoms to extract vitamin D from the natural source, you may be at an increased risk of skin cancers such as melanoma says Dr.Shirazian. Plus imagine a sunburn down there! Oh No.
3. Inserting Sticky Edibles To It
As a general rule of thumb, inserting anything edible into your vagina can upset the balance of good bacteria & acids in your vagina, setting up for infection.
4. Douching It
Never Do It. For one thing, you don’t want to smell like a flower down there. For another, its just isn’t healthy. Douching upsets the natural balance of your vagina.
5. Piercing It
In many ways, genital piercings can be unregulated. It can make it hard to suss out if the place is using proper sterilization methods and good hygiene to reduce the risk of scarring and infection.
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