This week on the Birth Boss Blog, I’m featuring Geneva Rayne, Founder of Her Village. She’s a Certified vaginal steam hydrotherapist and birth and a postpartum doula, and is here to dispel all the myths you’ve heard about vaginal steaming. Read through for the full story!
Vaginal steaming for reproductive health
You may have heard murmurs in the media today regarding vaginal steaming commonly referred to as yoni steaming. The names alone don’t exactly provide much appeal or elaboration. While it’s a fairly new concept among us in the western world, this age-old practice plays an integral role in gynecology in various parts of the globe.
So what is Vaginal steaming?
Vaginal steaming is a gentle and natural method of healing the female reproductive system and pelvic floor. This ancient therapy has the potential to heal a large variety of gynecological challenges as well as support recovery after birth.
How it works:
Natural form of hydrotherapy utilizing a herbal infused vapor in which one is gently seated over
Increases blood flow and circulation to the uterus and ovaries
Regulates the hormonal system
Increases the thickness of the uterine lining
Regulates the menstrual cycles
Clears uterine congestion
Supports recovery after delivery
As reproductive beings, our bodies are in constant flux, refreshing, reinventing, creating new life, and sustaining our own. While the vagina is self-cleaning, it sometimes requires extra support in healing and maintaining proper function.
Drawing from day to day experiences steam is highly effective in many aspects concerning health.
● Steam aids in cleansing and detoxification supporting the body in elimination
● Steam opens up our pores and has the ability to tighten & tone skin and tissue
● Steam is great for clearing congestion and phlegm coagulated in the body when sick
So much like the above examples, steam for uterine health is much of the same. And the added benefit of medicinal herbs helps to target many of the imbalance associated with womb health.
Who can benefit?
Vaginal steaming is beneficial to all females of any age at any stage.
During my completion of certification at the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute (Steamychick), founder Keli Garza whom is at the forefront of providing research on this practice has documented its benefits being ideal for women with fertility challenges, uterine infections, low libido, hormonal imbalances, PCOS, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, absent periods, irregular cycles, postpartum, surgery recovery, and womb traumas.
While supporting women through every stage, there are a few instances where steaming is not recommended, that being during:
● And just after ovulation if trying to conceive
How to incorporate vaginal steaming
If wanting to get a better idea of how vaginal steaming will assist you through your personal healing journey, here’s a full picture: my services begin with a consultation, to gain an in-depth view of your menstrual cycle including patterns and possible imbalances. Together, we review and assess your cycle, honoring your unique experience and making note of any concerns. I develop your vaginal steam plan, customized to your specific cycle and womb needs. Healing begins with education!