The reasons women give for steam-cleaning their vaginas

Proponents argue it improves fertility and treats PMS

The ancient practice of vaginal steaming has made a comeback, much to the chagrin of gynaecologists who are issuing warnings about the potential risk of burn.

The therapy requires a woman to sit for about 20 minutes over an open-seated stool above a steaming pot of water filled with “medicinal” herbs.

Proponents argue it should be an important part of every woman’s hygiene routine, claiming it effectively cleanses, tones and revitalises the vagina.

A good steam-clean of the membranes of the vaginal tissue and uterus is considered especially important for “stagnant fertility conditions and/or incomplete emptying of menses each cycle”, writes one website.

Other purported benefits of vaginal steaming include “assisting in healing uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, prolapse and endometriosis.

It’s even good for maintaining a