Positive side effects of vaginal steaming: better sleep, decrease 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, increased lubrication, healthy bowel movement, improved urinary release, reduced back pain.
Some of the possible signs of the steam cleanse may include: urination urge while steaming; browning discharge after steaming; increased clots; cramps or brown menses during the next period; increased dry cramps; increased irregular vaginal discharge (white, green, thick clumpy); emotional release; periods that come earlier or later than expected. All of these signs are a normal part of the cleansing process and then these signs should go away once the cleanse is complete. Please note these changes and inform your practitioner.
Caution Signs of Vaginal Steaming
May be an allergic reaction to herbs. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs should be adjusted.
May be a cleansing side effect, can continue steaming but should check with medical doctor if it looks suspicious. Advise practitioner.
May be dehydration or a signs of too much circulation. Advise practitioner. Steam duration and schedule should be adjusted.
May be a reaction to herbs or may be related to irregular discharge clearing out. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs may need adjustment. If irregular discharge is the problem an herbal soak is recommended.
May be a sign that the herbs are too strong. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs should be adjusted.
Nausea or Vomiting
May be a sign that the herbs are too strong or there is an allergy. Advise practitioner. Steam herbs should be adjusted.
May be a uterine bleeding contraindication. Implement first aid to stop bleeding guidelines. Advise practitioner.
Onset of Fresh Spotting
May be a uterine bleeding sensitivity and maybe contraindication. Implement first aid to stop bleeding guidelines. Advise practitioner.
Usually a sign that the steam temperature is too hot or the herbs are too concentrated. Advise practitioner.
Shortened Menstrual Cycles (27 days or less)
May be a uterine bleeding sensitivity. Advise practitioner.
Pain is not normal during or after a vaginal steam session. If you feel pain, please seek medical attention.
Herpes is a virus that is sensitive to heat. When steaming with the herpes virus, it is important to only do a mild 10 minute steam session. In most cases, this will prevent any outbreak while doing a mild 10 min session, then steaming may not be suitable for you and instead you may consider doing an herbal soak.