Want to get started vaginal steaming? Not sure where to start?
Watch this documentary.
Make sure you don't have any contraindications.
The following are hard contraindications where steaming should never be done.
-active fresh spotting
-2 periods per month (spontaneous bleeding)*
-TTC after insemination*
There are also some soft contraindications where it's up to the user whether or not they would like to steam. It's possible that the steam could interfere with the interventions they have in place.
-tied tubes (coagulation)*
-nexplanon (or thick lining birth control)*
*If you would like to discuss these further please schedule a consultation with the Steamy Chick Midwife or a Peristeam Hydrotherapist.
Step 3: Set Up
Do you want to create your own Do-It-Yourself home setup or do you want to go to a spa?
Check out the Sauna Marketplace to shop saunas
Not sure you're ready to invest in a sauna? Check out how to steam without a sauna.
There are spas and mobile services popping up everywhere that offer vaginal steaming.
Check out the Vaginal Steam Directory to find the one nearest to you.
(If there isn't a practitioner in your area consider getting certified. More info.)
STEP 4: Herb Selection
There are four different types of vaginal steam herbal blends. You'll have to determine which one is best for you.
Here are some options.
a) Take the course Easy-to-Make Vaginal Steam Herbal Formulas to learn how to make vaginal steam herbal blends tailored for different needs.
b) If you are in the U.S. buy herbs from Steamy Chick and choose the herbs that best match your pattern. If you are not in the U.S. and you want to buys herbs look for a practitioner near you on the Vaginal Steam Directory.
c) Use the free Do-It-Yourself tutorial for help determining the right herbs for you.
d) Have a consultation with a vaginal steam practitioner to determine the herbs you need.
STEP 5: Mild or Advanced Session
Next you'll want to determine which setup you need? Mild or Advanced
There are two ways to set up a vaginal steam session.
Mild Setup is without a heat source and lasts for 10 minutes.
The mild setup is the best choice if someone is a beginner or if they have a sensitivity.
Sensitivities include short menstrual cycles (27 days or fewer), hot flashes, nightsweats, IUDs, herpes, infections, underage 13 or prone to fresh spotting.
Advanced is with a heat source and lasts for 30 minutes.
The advanced setup is okay for anyone who doesn't have a sensitivity.
STEP 6: Cloak
Cloaking is great while vaginal steaming. It helps to increase circulation throughout the body.
Choose a cloak that is fabric not plastic.
Cloaking is contraindicated for users with excess heat such as hot flashes, nightsweats or infections.
In the case of excess heat it's better to not overheat the body with cloaking. You can wear a steam gown, summer dress or light sheet for modesty or warmth but do not use anything over you that will make you sweat more.
STEP 7: Steam Plan
Basic Steam Plans
There are two basic steam plans that are beneficial for everyone's wellness.
a) Weekly Steam Sessions
b) 3x before and after the period
Choose whichever is most convenient for you.
Advanced Steam Plans
If you have gynecological issues that you would like to address you will need an advanced steam plan tailored to meet your needs. Examples of issues that steaming can be useful for include infections, viruses, fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, uterine fatigue, pelvic organ prolapse, irregular cycles. If you would like more information on successful case studies where vaginal steaming was helpful please see the Steamy Chick blog.
Vaginal steaming can also be instrumental during labor, miscarriage, adolescence and menopause.
Please see the DIY Tutorial, the Steamy Chick Midwife or a Peristeam Hydrotherapist for a consultation to create an advanced steam plan for you.
Monthly consultations are recommended for 3-6 months until the cycle is healthy or the problem is resolved.
Postpartum Steam Plans
If you would like to steam for postpartum recovery you will want to work with a vaginal steam practitioner who specializes in postpartum steam plans. It is best to start steaming as soon as possible postpartum, however an important safety screening should be conducted first and the herbs should be tailored to fit the postnatal needs.
To find a qualified practitioner there are two options.
#1 Work with the Steamy Chick Midwife
#2 Go to the Vaginal Steam Directory and then enter "postpartum" in the search bar. A list of the practitioners who specialize in postpartum care will populate.
If possible it is recommended to hire your postpartum vaginal steam practitioner during pregnancy so you will have everything in place to start steaming as soon as possible after giving birth.
For more information on the postpartum benefits of vaginal steaming please see the Fourth Trimester Vaginal Steam Study.
STEP 8: Ready to Steam!
If you followed all of the steps above then you should be ready to steam.
Want to Learn More?
If you feel like you still have a lot of questions and would like more guidance, please enroll in the Vaginal Steam Facilitator Certification course by Keli Garza (from the documentary above) to take you through step by step of what you need to know to steam safely and effectively including what to expect after steaming, womb cleanse care, case studies and Q&A.