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Frequently asked questions

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO VAGINAL STEAMING?


Vaginal Steam aids as an internal cleanser of the membranes of the vaginal tissues and the uterus. This is considered extremely important for stagnant fertility conditions, and/or incomplete emptying of menses each cycle. Signs of this are PMS, cramps during your period, brown blood/dark blood/purple blood during menstruation, blood clotting during menstruation, endometriosis, absence of menstruation, long cycles, or bleeding less than 4 days per cycle. If you have any of the below conditions, we would recommend for you to consider vaginal steam:

  • Painful menstrual cycles
  • Uterine control
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Unpredictable menstrual cycles
  • Ovarian growths
  • Endometriosis
  • Regenerative attachment/scar tissue
  • Vaginal tear/episiotomy.




WHEN SHOULD I NOT STEAM?


The following are hard contraindications where steaming should never be done.

  • Pregnancy
  • Active menstruation
  • 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)
  • Uterine ablation
  • Burning/itchy infections




HOW OFTEN SHOULD I STEAM?


It is recommended having a vaginal steam once to twice per month.




HOW LONG ARE THE VAGINAL STEAM SESSIONS?


The vaginal steaming session last around 30-45 minutes; depending on your personal need. e)




WHAT HAPPENS DURING A VAGINAL STEAM SESSION?


You will first consult with your vaginal steam practitioner to decide which blend is best for you. We will provide you with a vaginal steaming gown and ask you to undress from your waist down You will sit over a hot steam of herbs via a vaginal steaming seat in a private serenity setting for 30 -45 minutes; depending on your personal need.




ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?


Most of the side-effects reported while steaming are positive. Users have reported better sleep, decreased 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 and increased lubrication. However, some undesirable side effects might also occur.




SHORTENED MENSTRUAL CYCLES (27 DAYS OR SHORTER)


If steaming shortens the amount of days in your menstrual cycle and it is 27 days or less, then you should switch to the Gentle Herb blend.




HEADACHES


If you develop a headache after steaming this may mean that you are dehydrated. Just like when you spend time in a jacuzzi or full body sauna, it is important to make sure to drink enough fluids. If you are not dehydrated, a headache after steaming may be a sign that the steam session increased your circulation too quickly. In this case, reduce the length of the steam session to 20 min or less. You can gradually increase the length of the sessions by 5 min at a time.




ACHING FEET


Aching feet (as opposed to tingling feet reported as a good thing) also may be a sign that the steam session increased your circulation too quickly. In this case, reduce the length of the steam session.




INTERIM BLEEDING


If you start to bleed unexpectedly with heavy bleeding and you are on menstrual cycle day 20 or less, this may be a sign that the steam session was too hot for your body. You can continue your steam plan with Gentle Herbs only but you must reduce the steam sessions to the mild steam for only steam for 10 minutes. Do not start your steam plan again until all bleeding has stopped.




INFECTION


Sometimes someone feels like they got an infection after steaming because they have increase or clumpy discharge. In fact, the steaming is a cleanse and the way that it helps clear up infections is by first clearing out all of the irregular mucus which has bacteria, yeast or viruses in it. If you have mucus discharge after steaming that is a good sign that the cleanse is working.




SENSATION TO URINATE


The bladder is right next to the vagina so sometimes the steam stimulates it giving the sensation to urinate. Go to the bathroom and empty your bladder and continue steaming. The sensation usually goes away after few minutes.




CRAMPING


If cramping occurs after steaming, this might be a sign that some old residue has loosened up and the uterus is going to try to help get it out by contracting. Cramping might also increase during menstruation. If either of these occurs, it is recommended to increase the amount of herbs that you are using to help loosen up the old residue even more.





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Hartzell's Diabetes prevention program

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