There are times when it is not beneficial for a woman to steam. First, let’s check and make sure that you do not have any contraindications. Please mark any of the following that apply
The above "Yes" replies indicate that vaginal steaming is contraindicated. It is not safe and could result in negative side effects such as the onset of bleeding or a miscarriage. Steaming should not be performed at this time.
If you are using the above birth control methods vaginal steaming could cause a birth control failure. It is not recommended unless you are okay with a backup form of birth control or you are not concerned about a possible pregnancy. If you have a burning itch the warmth from the steam could be uncomfortable since there is already so much heat in that area. In this case it is best to seek treatment from an acupuncturist to get the burning sensation to go away prior to doing a vaginal steam session.
Some women are very responsive to steam and it can cause a physiological response. If you are in this category then it is okay to steam, however your practitioner will adjust your steam session and herbs so that it perfectly suits you.
The above "yes" replies indicate sensitivity in which case a mild setup without a burner should be used. Under no circumstances should clients who have sensitivity use an advanced setup with a burner.
It is best to select herbs suitable to your constitution. Your practitioner will use the info from this intake form to select a suitable vaginal steam formula for you.
Indicators for Cleansing Herbs:
Indicators for Gentle Herbs:
Indicators for Disinfecting Herbs:
Indicators for Moisturizing (Cooling) Herbs:
Most of the side-effects reported while steaming is positive. Users have reported better sleep and lucid dreams, relaxation, decreased swelling in legs and feet, decreased abdominal bloating, slimmer waistline, increased libido and sexual sensation; increased vaginal nectar and fertility, decrease in breast soreness, fewer headaches, fewer PMS symptoms and improved emotional balance, increased circulation and energy, tingling feet, glowing skin, reduction in incidence of hormonal acne and increased lubrication and vaginal nectar, scar softening, tighter vaginal canal and harmonization with the moon cycle.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Steaming is a cleanse. Some of the possible signs the vaginal steaming is working is if you experience -- the urge to urinate while steaming, brown discharge after steaming, increased clots or cramps during the period, increased dry cramps, increased irregular vaginal discharge (white, green, thick, clumpy), emotional release, periods that come earlier or later than expected. All these signs are a normal part of the cleansing process and these signs will go away once the cleanse is complete. Please note these changes and let your practitioner know of these positive changes
1) Go to the bathroom directly prior to vaginal steaming.
2) Learn proper period care. Avoid tampon use and instead use cotton pads or period panties. The period is a uterine cleanse and if you support it the clots can easily clear out. Plugging up with tampons, on the other hand, prevents the old residue from clearing out and that is often the cause of cramping. It's also important to rest during the period and to eat the right foods.
3) Increased vaginal discharge can be addressed by using cotton underwear liners and a peri bottle throughout the day to clean mucus off the skin.
If steaming causes a rash, bumps, headaches itchiness, diarrhea or the onset of fresh spotting or inter-period bleeding, this could be a sign that your steam protocol or herbs might need to be adjusted or that there is an allergic reaction. If these signs occur, please let your practitioner know so they can adjust the steam session as necessary or make a referral.
In 99% of all cases using a mild (10 minute) steam session and mild herbs will prevent any of the above signs from happening so it's very important that you give honest answers in this intake form so that the practitioner can set up a steam session that will fit your needs.
General: I recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner if you have any concerns using any herbal products. For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
I understand that vaginal steaming may have positive or negative side effects as a result of doing a vaginal steam session. I accept legal responsibility for my choice to do a vaginal steam session and waive the responsibility of the practitioner and the facility where the steam session takes place in the case that any of the named side effects (or others) may occur.