Final part continued from last week. A recap from part 1.
Commercial vaginal steaming spas.
Interestingly, some business-minded people are taking advantage of the increasing popularity of the perceived benefits associated with vagina steaming also known as yoni steaming or V-steaming.
Similar to massage parlours, the centres which are popular on social media platforms offer different steaming services at a fee.
Different blends of herbs and oils purported to have some healing benefits are used based on the customer’s needs.
Depending on the condition or requirement of the customer, she is made to sit over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood, basil among others.
Special seats with holes that would allow the steam from the herbs penetrate the vagina tissues easily have been designed to serve the purpose.
Also, there are some for treating infections and getting rid of bad odour. While others are used for enhancing sexual pleasure, tightening the vagina after birth and also for minimising menstrual cramps and aiding in regular menstrual flow.
Besides, some herbs are said to aid menopause symptoms, balancing pH levels of the vagina and enhancing fertility.
Interestingly, there are special mixtures which are often advertised to cleanse women from sexual bonds with their ex-boyfriends as well.
Prices for these services range between GH¢100 to GH¢300 but could be higher if a customer spends a longer period at the spa.
Unlike the V-Steaming parlours which are new, it is common to see women selling different herbs for different ailments.
Popular amongst these herbs are aphrodisiacs and herbs boiled or added to the meals of new mothers to enhance their breastmilk production or heal their wounds.
Akua, a trader at the Kaneshie Market in Accra, who spoke to this reporter said she has been trading in this herbs over 10 years and have many customers, especially new mothers who testify of the effectiveness of the herbs.
She said local herbs such as bagalwa, Okantu and Okuo are very popular and have been used for a very long time.
“I think it’s time for our health authorities to take a look at these things again,” she indicated.
So folks, from the seemingly good aforementioned benefits of vaginal steaming, the health professionals still warn that it is not very good for the treatment or maintenance of the vagina.
Therefore I am also using this article to advice our dear women out there to take heed and minimise or stop vaginal steaming all together if need be.
Simple washing of the vagina with clean water is enough for its daily hygiene and maintenance. If there are any issues with infections etc. seeing a qualified doctor or health professional for treatment is the best option.