Vaginal steaming, also known as Yoni steams, have been used as a means to maintain overall uterine health for centuries. It is an ancient practice of sitting over a mild, gentle steam that has been infused with healing, medicinal herbs.
The reported benefits of yoni steams include but are not limited to:
- Regulating menstrual cycles
- Helping with bad cramps
- Clearing out stagnation (old blood)
- Treating prolapse
- Healing bumps or nicks
- Treating infections such as BV, yeast infections, and STDs
- Dissolving cysts and fibroids
- Helps with HPV
- Treats menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes
- Helps endometriosis
- Increases fertility
- Heightened libido and sensation
- Decreases PMS
- Tightens and lifts vaginal canal
- Helps relieve dryness
- Emotional balance
- Skin beautification
- Deep relaxation
- Improves circulation
Yoni steams have been a practice worldwide for decades. History documents women using steam as a healing aid for reproductive health, to hasten labor, to help with postpartum recovery, and every day women’s ailments.
Steam and Fertility
Women who have experienced infertility have reported that they were able to become pregnant after beginning a regular steam treatment.
Yoni steams and Postpartum recovery
Steaming is recommended immediately once a mother stops bleeding bright red blood postpartum.
After a woman gives birth her body must shed the superficial mucous membrane that lines her uterus during pregnancy; therefore she will have discharge consisting of this membrane, as well as lochia, for weeks.
Yoni steams are a gentle way to assist healing for the new mother, as well as a way to fully cleanse the womb space. It has been reported through anecdotal evidence that mothers who steam immediately postpartum experience
- vaginal discharge/lochia completely disappearing at a faster rate than those who don’t steam.
- their uterus shrinks and goes back into place at a quicker rate.
- Resolved vaginal prolapse.
- Speedy recovery of any vaginal tearing from birth.
By steaming postpartum you are enabling the steam to gently heal any birth injuries, as well as cleanse your womb space and vaginal canal.
According to a recent study of postpartum women using vaginal steam to facilitate healing the findings of this study show that vaginal steaming has a positive impact on many of the indicators of postpartum recovery, particularly in the areas of lowering blood pressure and pulse, uterine restoration, initiating and expediting waist girth and weight loss, labia healing, the quicker cessation of uterine bleeding through drawing out lochia, alleviating suture discomfort, promoting bowel regularity and hemorrhoid reduction.
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