A ruptured appendix with peritonitis and a saline-induced abortion left me with extensive pelvic scar tissue. I developed endometriosis and severely painful ovulation which was resolved through regular acupuncture and herbs. Later, several ectopic pregnancies and a complex ovarian cyst led to a complete hysterectomy In my 30s. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) caused painful breast cysts, and emerging research at the time showed that long-term HRT use (15+ years) drastically increased one’s risk of breast cancer. So a year after my surgery I made the decision to stop HRT which resulted in constant mood swings, hot flashes, and night sweats. Those symptoms eventually died down but over time but gave way to gradually increasing skin changes, complete loss of libido, severe vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse. My gynecologist’s recommendations (hormone patch and ample water/silicone-based lubricants) did not help. The patch caused painfully sore breasts and cysts, so I stopped using them, and lubrication didn’t prevent vaginal tears and abrasions, so sex became impossible. And I was refused the option of bio-identical hormone therapy. I switched doctors only to find they all offered the same non-solutions, so they gave up on me and I on them. For years, I sought out alternate solutions that were both safe and effective, to no avail.
Improvements Since Steaming:
A doula friend offered me a herbal vaginal steam, and my life turned a corner. After just one steam session, the vaginal dryness was replaced with moisture. After 3 weekly sessions, I felt sensations that had long vanished from my pelvis and my skin texture improved. I’ve been steaming ever since on a weekly basis and immediately after intercourse (which is no longer painful). I feel rejuvenated and healthy again. Vaginal steaming gave me what nothing else was able to.