When it comes to natural fibroid treatments vaginal steaming is as
great as it gets. It is an ancient folk remedy used by women everywhere
in the world, it goes back as early as time and it feels like a day at
the spa. Since western medicine isn't really hip to the vaginal steam
scene there have not been any formal medical studies performed on how it
can treat fibroids. Luckily, there's me--a mompreneur with a background
in research who handcrafts vaginal steam saunas on my porch. I have a
theory on why it works.
Let's take a closer look at fibroids. Fibroids are basically tumors made up of congealed phlegm that build up on the uterine wall over time. The perfect formula to make a fibroid is a lot of excess mucus in the reproductive tract combined with stagnation. Common fibroid treatment by a gynecologist will usually include fibroid removal surgery or a hysterectomy. With three out of every four women expected to get fibroids at some point during her lifetime those little suckers are responsible for a lot of women going under the knife.
Clearly no one wants to do surgery which has led many women to look into alternative approaches such as vaginal steaming. But can it actually work? Yes! And here's how.
My theory is that the steam melts fibroids. Yep, melts them right out. Remember how fibroids are congealed mucus? Have you ever had a congested nose? You know how a hot steamy shower will fix the congestion by draining the mucus out of your nose? Same concept. Only applied to the uterus.
Vaginal steaming liquidizes fibroids and allows them to drain out on their own. This may look like increased white cervical mucus that flows out of the uterus over several days or improved periods with more fresh red menses and less clots and stickiness. Or it can even be more dramatic where the fibroids fall out in the toilet or shower.
Recently, I wanted to test my theory. While cooking dinner I set up a little experiment on the backburner. I imagine fibroids are about the same consistency as hardened glue so I took shoe goo and spread it all over the sides of a glass jar and added a big glob at the bottom. I let it dry for 48 hours and then placed the jar on a metal rack with a pot of boiling water underneath. In a matter of two minutes all of the glue had entirely melted and the jar was perfectly clean. Pretty quick results. Actually, way faster than I had anticipated. So we know that steam can melt glue really quick. But how would this work in the uterus?
When doing a vaginal steam, steam rises up the vaginal canal and touches the cervix. At that point my theory is that the steam relaxes the cervix enough to seep through the cervical opening and get into the uterus where it can come into direct contact with a fibroid. Unlike the jar in the experiment above, the steam doesn't have direct access to touch the fibroid straight on because of the cervix. So I created a second experiment to try to account for this barrier.
This time I repeated the experiment as before but added a piece of pleather with a tiny slit (1/8 of an inch) in it over the metal rack. I placed the jar with dried glue over the slit. Doing the experiment in this way a lot less steam was able to get into the jar. After a couple minutes I saw signs of condensation on the side of the jar and that was the only way I knew that some steam was making its way through the slit. After about five minutes the glue was clearly melting and passing back out through the slit. But very slowly. I continued the experiment for 30 minutes (the average amount of time for a vaginal steam session). At the end of 30 minutes about 1/2 of the glue in the jar had melted and drained out through the slit. That was definitely a lot slower but those were still some pretty impressive results. Steam really knows how to get a job done.
Although this isn't a perfect experiment to emulate a fibroid in the uterus, it shows the process and the potential of using steam to liquidize fibroids. And forget about globs of glue. There are hundreds of case studies where real women have gotten rid of actual fibroids.
Earlier this year Bianca Tema Mercado of La Matriz Birth Services worked with a fibroid client who was able to document through ultrasounds that her fibroid shrunk from five centimeters down to half the size after three steam treatments. Colon hydrotherapist Monisha Garner has also seen such success. After nine weeks treating a client with two fibroids the size of an apple, Garner's client went to the gynecologist for a checkup and was pleasantly surprised to find out that both fibroids were entirely gone.
The majority of my vaginal steam sauna customers see the same success. Antoinette C. of San Diego, for example, saw two of her fibroids fall out in the toilet. "Bitches," she addressed them, "it has been a long journey, lessons have been learned, it's time for you to go your own way." And then she flushed them gone forever.
As vaginal steaming grows in popularity I'm certain more fibroids will meet the same fate.
About the Author:
Keli Garza is the founder of Steamy Chick the largest manufacturer of vaginal steam saunas in the United States. She lives in San Pedro, CA with her husband and two little girls. For a free online consultation with Keli go to www.steamychick.com and take the quiz.