Maybe, uh, don’t go running off to steam your ladyparts quite yet?
I know, I know, everyone’s talking about how Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to steam “down there,” but you may wanna hear a couple medical opinions, first. People reports that Gwen sung a swanky spa tratement’s praises…
“The real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam,” Paltrow says. “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.”
And this isn’t your mother’s vagina steam: “It is an energetic release – not just a steam douche – that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in L.A., you have to do it.”
Dr. Jen Gunter, a board certified OB/GYN and expert in vulvovaginal disorders, responds to this “treatment,” saying it’s pretty ridiculous.
In a detailed post to her blog, Dr. Gunter warns, “Steam is probably not good for your vagina. Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse.”
She explains, “Mugwort or wormwood or whatever when steamed, either vaginally or on the vulva, can’t possibly balance any reproductive hormones, regulate your menstrual cycle, treat depression, or cure infertility.”
Dr. Gunter also takes issue with Paltrow’s claims that the steam “cleanses your uterus.” She writes “Steam isn’t going to get into your uterus from your vagina unless you are using an attachment with some kind of pressure and MOST DEFINITELY NEVER EVER DO THAT.”
Dr. David L. Finke, another OB/GYN, tells PEOPLE, “I don’t think it’s completely crazy to say [the steam] could be beneficial” – just maybe not exactly how Goopy sees it.
“It could change the circulation patterns for probably 30 minutes to an hour,” Dr. Finke says. “Depending on how the steam is applied, the benefits could be similar to a regular steam room.”
Dr. Finke notes, “As far as bold claims that doing this will change hormonal balance or cleanse the uterus, it’s probably bogus.”
Not that I have the money, but if I did I guarantee I wouldn’t be spending it on some thermodoucheherbalmist in Santa Monica. Gwyn, thanks again for the advice. Maybe I’ll just buy your cookbook and call it a day.