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Pelvic Steam Therapy
Pelvic steam therapy introduces warmth and herb-infused steam into the body. It is a soothing and comforting way to boost circulation to the pelvis and treat a variety of conditions.
Benefits of a Pelvic Steam
It is used as a supportive therapy for:
Menstrual Support: irregular cycles, dysmenorrhea,, amenorrhea, fibroids, cysts, etc.
Vaginal disorders: dryness, vaginismus, painful intercourse
Fertility Support: increases cervical fluids, helps relax vaginal canal and cervix, increases effectiveness of IUI/IVF, nourishes lining and prepares uterus for implantation
Postpartum Healing: assists repair of tissues, a vaginal tear, or episiotomy
General wellness and maintenance
Helps clean out and renew uterine lining
Reduces menstrual cramps
Gets rid of dark blood at onset or end of period
Helps lessen symptoms of endometriosis
Decreases chronic vaginal/yeast infections
Frequently Asked Questions
What are pelvic/vaginal steams?
Pelvic steams have been historically used for centuries, all around the world, to provide gentle and effective support for women's wellness and reproductive health. It is a medicinal steam prepared by decocting dried herbs in water, and then exposing the area to be treated to the vapors of the decoction.
How does it work?
Steaming applies moist heat to the vaginal and uterine tissues, as well as the pelvic floor. This opens the blood vessels and increases circulation to provide nourishment, softening, and relaxation of tension.
The medicinal properties of the herbs are carried by the steam and are absorbed into the bloodstream because of its ability to permeate the mucous membranes of the vagina.
So, how does it reach the uterus?
It is thought that the steam can bring circulation to the uterus and other reproductive organs because the blood vessels to the vagina are in the same network of blood vessels to the uterus, thereby increasing blood flow to the entire system.
What is a session like?
In office sessions take place in a private treatment room. An herbal decoction is prepared for you, based on your initial health intake. Once prepared, a steam sauna seat is set up for you to sit over the steam, while wrapped in a blanket or sheet. Steaming sessions last anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes, depending on individual factors and what is being treated. People typically spend their time reading, listening to music, or meditating- whatever they choose.
What does it feel like?
It should feel like a pleasant spreading of warmth throughout the tissues. Typically people report feeling very relaxed and at ease, with a general sense of well-being.
When is the best time to steam?
The ideal time to steam is dependent on individual factors, and specific protocols are recommended based on symptoms and presentation. Oftentimes multiple treatments per month are necessary.
But in general, good times to steam include shortly after the end of a period for any complaint, and just prior to IUI or transfer if using assisted cycles. Steaming should NOT be done post ovulation, if you are trying to conceive.
Are there any contraindications?
Avoid steaming during period bleeding or fresh spotting, spontaneous/intermittent/continual bleeding, if you get 2 periods each month, and if you have an IUD, tied tubes, tubal cauterization, endometrial ablation.
Avoid during an active infection, vaginal sores, and blisters.
Avoid during pregnancy (except when using for labor prep) and post ovulation/luteal phase if attempts to conceive have been made.
Can I steam at home?
Yes! It is a great way to engage in self-care to naturally support general wellness. It may be beneficial to steam in office and at home, to support your treatment goals.
However, if your goal is to enhance fertility, balance hormones, regulate your menstrual cycle, or treat a specific condition, I recommend working with a professional to get a plan geared toward your goal.
What's the next step, how do I try it?
An initial consult is required before any specific steaming recommendations can be made. A consult can be done in office, or online via telehealth. You can then choose if you wish to receive private steam sessions in office, or do them yourself in your own home.
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