Vaginal steaming is an ancient practice that has been used since the beginning of time. Although steaming was forgotten in the western world for a couple hundred years, it is gaining a comeback as women seek all-natural alternatives to intrusive obstetric and gynecological treatments.
Someone recently sent me an email and asked if postmenopausal women can do vaginal steams. Not only, can they. They love it.
Here are 9 reasons why.
1. It Gets Rid of Vaginal Dryness
Postmenopausal steamers report improvement after just one session. They further report an increase in lubrication. Steaming once a week is recommended in order to prevent dryness from reoccurring.
The best herbs for vaginal dryness are moisturizing and cooling such as can be found in the Steamy Chick cooling herbs.
2. It Treats Phantom Period Symptoms
Some postmenopausal women report that it still feels like they have their menstrual cycle. Cramping, swollen breasts, PMS, bloating and other period side-effects all occur--just no period. Vaginal steam users report a reduction in phantom symptoms and say that it prevents them from re-occurring.
The best herbs for phantom period symptoms are herbs that help with cleansing and circulation such as in the Steamy Chick cleansing herbal formula.
3. It Fights Infections
Although the period no longer occurs post-menopause, infections still might. UTIs, yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are not uncommon in postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal steamers commonly report a decrease in infections.
The best herbs for fighting infections include herbs with anti-microbial properties such as can be found in the Steamy Chick disinfecting herbs.
4. It Clears Up Excess Cervical Mucus
Clear discharge (often referred to as egg-white) is a good sign of lubrication and health. If the discharge is thick, white, flaky, yellow, green or blood-tinted this may be a sign of excess cervical mucus. Excess cervical mucus can harbor unwanted bacteria, yeast or viruses and can have an unpleasant odor. Users who steam consecutively 5-10 days in a row can easily clear out unwanted excess mucus.
Steam is the most important component for clearing out excess mucus. Any of the Steamy Chick herb blends will help to aid the process.
5. It Aids With Deep Sleep
Post-menopause vaginal steam users who complain of difficulty sleeping consistently report that vaginal steaming helps them to get a good night’s sleep. Specifically, they report that they are able to get uninterrupted deep sleep.
Any herb blends will aid with deep sleep.
6. It May Dissolve Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts that occur post-menopause are often treated with surgery to remove the ovaries or entire uterus--not something that should be taken lightly. Alternatively, several postmenopausal women have been able to avoid surgery with vaginal steaming alone. Upon follow-up appointments ultrasounds showed that the ovarian cysts were gone and the doctor no longer had reason to perform surgery.
The best herbs for post-menopause ovarian cysts would be the Steamy Chick cleansing herbs.
7. It May Treat Fibroids
Several case studies exist where women were able to dissolve fibroids naturally using vaginal steaming. Postmenopausal women who are diagnosed with fibroids can use vaginal steam methods as an alternative to surgery.
The best herbs for post-menopause fibroids would be the Steamy Chick cleansing herbs.
8. It Helps Connect to the Natural Lunar Cycle
Although no longer experiencing menstruation, post-menopause women continue to be connected to the lunar cycle. Vaginal steaming once a month on the full moon can help women to tune into this natural cycle.
Any herbs may be used for this purpose.
9. It Wakes Up the Libido
Vaginal steam users generally report an overall increase in their libido as well as increased sensation during sex. This is likely because vaginal steaming increases blood flow, lubrication and heat to the reproductive organs.
A postmenopausal steamer reports:
“I am currently on a sexual hiatus..and have not been missing it...I’m almost fifty and believed the non interest was just middle age...but BABY...can I tell you this steam WOKE my VAGINA UP...I felt like taking random men down who crossed my path...lol...like I don’t even have to know you sir...just lay back and enjoy the ride.”
The steam and increase in circulation is the main factor in libido enhancement. Any herbs can be used for this purpose.
For more info on vaginal steaming, go to www.steamychick.com.
About the Author
Keli Garza has a Masters degree in International Development graduating cum laude. A social science researcher by academic training, Garza has spent the past several years doing women's health research on peristeam (vaginal steam) hydrotherapy. Having recorded over six hundred peristeam case studies, Garza holds the only known research database of its kind. Through analyzing the data, Garza has concluded that peri-steam hydrotherapy shows favorable results for expediting postpartum recovery as well as addressing certain gynecological concerns. Garza has worked to develop treatment protocols which are now becoming the industry standard for vaginal steaming. Her approach is unique in that she tailors treatment based on different menstrual patterns and that she works with an Oriental Medicine Doctor who prescribes specific herbs in the formulas. Garza continues her fieldwork gathering research for future clinical trials, certifying practitioners and lecturing publicly. Garza’s company Steamy Chick is the largest distributor of vaginal steam saunas and herbs in the United States.