Frequently Asked Questions
What is Vaginal Steam Therapy ?
Vaginal Steam Therapy (also known as yoni or vaginal steam, v-steam or herbal pelvic steam is an alternate health treatment utilized by women (and men) in which herbal infused steam permeates the exterior of the vagina into the womb. This gentle, yet highly effective treatment has vast and varied benefits ranging from postpartum recovery to menstrual regulation and treatment for various reproductive health issues.
What are the benefits of Vaginal Steam Therapy ?
Yoni Steaming provides effective support for the reproductive system and is an opportunity to reconnect the mind, body and spirit . From the first menstrual cycle to menopause, regular yoni steaming offers vast and varied benefits. Yoni steaming has been known to treat reproductive conditions such as fibroids, ovarian cyst, PCOS, infertility, menstrual irregularities, aids in postpartum recovery, healing sexual trauma, vaginal rejuvenation, regaining vaginal flora and more.
Precautions and Contraindications of Vaginal Steam Therapy
+ Pregnancy. While steaming is beneficial for conception and postpartum recovery, steaming is CONTRAINDICATED during any stage of pregnancy and therefore should NOT be performed while pregnant. If you are actively trying to conceive, DO NOT steam after ovulation.
+ Active Menstruation. If you are actively menstruating (bleeding), steaming should NOT be performed. Steaming introduces heat, and starts to move the blood rapidly making for a heavier flow. Additionally, if you are prone to heavy bleeding and or spontaneous bleeding, it is HIGHLY recommended to wait until your cycle is regulated.
+ IUDS. There is much debate surrounding the use of yoni steams with an IUD. Medicinal herbs can cause the uterus to contract and could potentially dislodge or cause issues with the placement of the IUD, consult with our Vaginal steam facilitator to learn more and discuss if steaming is appropriate for you.
Why are birth outcomes better with doulas present ?
Studies have consistently shown that doula care is associated with shorter labors, less use of epidurals and other pain medications, lower episiotomy rates, and as much as a 50% reduction in the C-section rate. Research has also shown better clinical outcomes for both the mother and the baby (including fewer admissions to neonatal special care units, better breastfeeding rates, and better family bonding). A doula also provides care for the mother’s partner and other family members, assists busy hospital staff, saves money, and greatly increases a mother’s overall satisfaction with her birthing experience.
How do I find the right doula for me ?
Prior to the baby’s birth the mother-doula relationship begins. It’s recommended to talk to a couple of women to find your perfect match. After the initial contact (email or call), you and your doula may share information regarding your hopes and plans for childbirth. You will discuss concerns, questions, birthing philosophies and other details to see whether or not both mother and doula are aligned.
Once you decide on the right person for your family and birth preferences, you will discuss associated fees and what those costs cover (typically they range per service or as a package.)
Prior to labor and delivery, you will touch base – sometimes a few times pending on the preferences of both doula and mother – to discuss details, including due dates, birth plans and more, and talk over scenarios that could take place during the birth. While doulas do not provide medical care, they are a major information resource on every aspect of the childbirth journey. In addition to answering your questions, they can help you to define and create a birth plan and work through the “what if” questions in a “Plan B” scenario so that you both feel ready and prepared on the big day.