Woman have long been willing to try anything that promises a chance to hold on to bits of our youth. That can come in many forms from simple creams and face masks, to the now-controversial vaginal steaming, which gynecologists are now cautioning about after a woman received severe second-degree burns on her vagina. She received the burns after she underwent the vaginal steaming procedure, as the BBC reports.
This particular case was featured in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.
The report read, “Clinicians need to be aware of alternative treatments available to women so that counseling may mitigate any potential harm.”
The lead author of the study, Dr. Magali Robert, has explained that while vaginal steaming has been traditionally practiced in some Asian and African cultures, those who work in the medical profession should be made aware of the potential risks.
The practice of vaginal steaming began to gain popularity in 2010, once it was brought to prominence with an endorsement by Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand GOOP.
Besides Paltrow, the treatment has also been tried by other influential celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, who posted a photo of herself on Instagram receiving the treatment.
Despite its increasing popularity, there are medical experts who are warning women to avoid it.
Dr. Jennifer Wider told Women’s Health that it is not advisable for anyone to attempt vaginal steaming, pointing out there isn’t any real evidentiary support to the supposed benefits.
“The vaginal area is sensitive and these types of burns can be painful and difficult to treat,” she said.