Woman left with agonizing vagina burns after ‘steaming’ procedure
Thanks a lot, Gwyneth.
A Canadian woman who tried out a controversial steaming procedure once favored by GOOP guru Gwyneth Paltrow was left with severe second-degree burns on her vagina.
The case was reported in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, with lead author Dr. Magali Robert explaining that even though vaginal steaming has long been used in some Asian and African cultures, doctors should be aware of the risks of the procedure.
The 62-year-old woman’s traditional Chinese doctor advised her to mix an herbal medicine blend in a pan of boiling water and sit over it for 20 minutes. The woman told her doctors she did this twice, then sought a second opinion: doctors then found she had sustained the second-degree burns.
Vaginal steaming usually involves squatting over a pot of steam infused with herbs as an alleged way of reducing vaginal prolapse, relieving cramps or bringing about other vague “cleansing” benefits.
In 2015, Paltrow’s lifestyle website GOOP raved about the procedure at a spa in Los Angeles. “This is a thousands-of-years-old practice in Korean spas,” she told Fast Company.
Since then, the procedure has become startlingly popular — even internet best friend Chrissy Teigen has tried it out.
However, even though we shouldn’t have to say this, vaginal steaming is not advisable. Dr. Jennifer Wider told Women’s Health that the supposed benefits of vaginal steaming haven’t been scientifically proven and, like our poor Canadian friend, could result in painful burns.
“The vaginal area is sensitive and these types of burns can be painful and difficult to treat,” says Wider.
Seriously, do not try this at home.
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