Most of the side-effects reported while steaming are positive. Users have reported better sleep, decreased swelling in legs and feet, decreased abdominal bloating, slimmer waistline, increased libido, decrease in breast soreness, fewer headaches, fewer PMS symptoms, increased energy, lucid dreams, tingling feet and increased lubrication.
However, some undesirable side effects might also occur.
Shortened Menstrual Cycles (27 days or shorter)
If steaming shortens the amount of days in your menstrual cycle and it is 27 days or less, then you should switch to the Gentle Herb blend and follow the protocol for short cycles in the Treatment Plan tutorial.
If you develop a headache after steaming this may mean that you are dehydrated. Just like when you spend time in a jacuzzi or full body sauna, it is important to make sure to drink enough fluids.
If you are not dehydrated, a headache after steaming may be a sign that the steam session increased your circulation too quickly. In this case, reduce the length of the steam session to 20 min or less. You can gradually increase the length of the sessions by 5 min at a time.
Aching feet (as opposed to tingling feet reported as a good thing) also may be a sign that the steam session increased your circulation too quickly. In this case, reduce the length of the steam session.
If you start to bleed unexpectedly with heavy bleeding and you are on menstrual cycle day 20 or less, this may be a sign that the steam session was too hot for your body. You can continue your steam plan with Gentle Herbs only but you must reduce the steam sessions to the mild steam setup (no burner) and only steam for 10 minutes. You should also order an herbal formula to have on hand if/when interim heavy bleeding occurs again. It's called yunnan baiyao and you can order it online or get it from your local acupuncturist. Do not start your steam plan again until all bleeding has stopped and until you have this herb on hand.
Yeast Infections or a Herpes Outbreak
If either of these occur after steaming, then this might mean that you got too much heat. You can continue your steam plan with Disiinfecting Herbs and you must only do the mild steam setup (no burner) and only steam for 10 min each session.
Sensation to Urinate
The bladder is right next to the vagina so sometimes the steam stimulates it giving the sensation to urinate. Go to the bathroom and empty your bladder. After that continue steaming. The sensation usually goes away after few minutes.
If cramping occurs after steaming, this might be a sign that some old residue has loosened up and the uterus is going to try to help get it out by contracting.
Cramping might also increase during menstruation.
If either of these occur, it is recommended to increase the frequency of steaming and the duration of the steam sessions (up to 35-45 min) in order to continue to loosen the old matter and help free it up so that it can flow out. You might also increase the amount of herbs that you are using (for example by using 2 herb packets).