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    How Often Should You Vaginal Steam, Yoni Steam or V-Steam

    This is the most frequent question I am asked before a client walks out of the doors of Her Sacred Place for the first time.  You can bet it will be during the initial consultation or after their steam is completed.  Either way, it is a popular question and not an easy one to answer.  How often you should vaginal steam depends on the reason why you chose to steam initially.  If there is nothing going on and you are steaming for general or preventative health, the general consensus is to make sure to steam at LEAST once a month (every 4-5 weeks).   If you find yourself steaming for a particular reason, I have listed a few options below along with frequency.  If you are dealing with anything not on this list, please reach out to hersacredplace@gmail.com to schedule a consultation.

    Remember, steaming is at your own risk and should not be done unless you have been consulted.  You should NOT steam if you are pregnant, think you are pregnant, or have any vaginal bleeding or spotting.  The list below is a short overview with minim

    um details and it does not take a place of a consultation to review all problems prior to beginning steaming.

    Steaming for Period-Related Problems

    If you are suffering from severe stagnation (dark, clotty, painful periods), heavy periods, long periods (more than 5 days), nausea, unbearable cramping, vomiting, PMS and/or PMDD, I recommend steaming twice a month – the week prior to expecting your period and a few days after your period goes off.  Once the period problems are alleviated, the steaming plan can change.  However, it is best to stay on this plan at least 6- months even if you see changes immediately.  You should use the herbal blend found HERE for this steam.

    If you are interested in gaining more information about how you can reduce heavy periods in addition to your steaming regimen, please send e-mail to hersacredplace@gmail.com.

    Steaming for Vaginal Infections (Bacterial Vaginosis & Yeast Infection)

    If you are currently suffering from what you believe is a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis, the best course of action is to steam daily until all of the symptoms of the infection is gone.  This could take 3-10 days of steaming, but it is the best course without antibiotics. For a quicker alternative or if you suffer from chronic infections (more than 3 infections a year), please e-mail hersacredplace@gmail.com for alternative solution and a more in-depth plan to combat vaginal infections.  You should use the herbal blend found HERE for this steam.

    Steaming for Fibroids

    This one is tricky because it depends on the number of fibroids, location, and the symptoms you experience.  It is best to book a consultation by e-mailing hersacredplace@gmail.com to determine which steaming plan is best for you.

    Steaming for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

    While steaming is not proven to cure PCOS,

    my clients report a drastic change in symptoms quickly after consistently steaming.  These symptoms include a more regular period, less painful periods, reduction in heavy bleeding, and change in facial hair.  If you want to see how steaming has helped with reduction in actual cysts, I recommend visiting your doctor every 6 months after beginning the steaming process to determine the change in cysts.  You should use the herbal blend found HERE for this steam.

    Steaming for Endometriosis

    Like steaming for fibroids, this one is complex.  Steaming for Endo could depend on the stage of endometriosis as well as the frequency of bleeding you experience.  You MUST do a consultation and I caution clients with endo to talk with a professional before beginning the steaming process.  There is no cure for endometriosis but steaming typically helps with the excessive bleeding, frequency of bleeding, and heavy bleeding associated with this condition.

    In the end, you should ALWAYS consult with a professional before beginning a vaginal steaming plan and never steam at home if you have not done it by a certified facilitator.  If you have any questions, please e-mail hersacredplace@gmail.com.  Happy Steaming.

     

    Understanding Vaginal pH

    What does it mean to have a neutral pH? - Aseptic Health

    pH (denoting the ‘potential of hydrogen’ or ‘power of hydrogen’ is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline (basic) a substance is.  The pH scales runs from 0 to 14.  A pH of less than 7 is considered acidic.  A pH of more than 7 is considered alkaline, or basic. A pH of 7 is considered neutral.

    Understanding Your Vaginal pH Levels

    Why does Vaginal pH Matter?

    The vagina is most healthy in an acidic environment with a pH between 3.5 and 4.5.  This environment is protective and creates a barrier that prevents unhealthy bacteria and yeast from multiplying too quickly and causing imbalances.  A “normal” pH can vary depending on the stage of a woman’s life usually increasing before menstruation, around ovulation, and after menopause.  Women with high vaginal pH, above 4.5, are more susceptible for unhealthy bacteria to grow and are at a greater risk for vaginal infections.  A very acidic pH, less than 3.5, might reduce chance of fertility.

    Some Causes of an Unbalanced Vaginal pH

    1. Unprotected Sex. Semen is alkaline, which can encourage growth of certain bacteria.
    2. Antibiotics. These drugs kill not only the bad bacteria that cause disease, but also the good bacteria you need to maintain a healthy, more acidic vaginal pH level.
    3. Douching. Although it isn’t advised, some women regularly wash out their vagina with a mixture of water and vinegar, baking soda, or iodine. Douching not only increases the vaginal pH level, but also encourages the growth of harmful bacterial overall.
    4. Menstrual Periods. Menstrual blood is a little bit basic and raises the pH in the vagina. When that blood flows through the vagina and is absorbed into a tampon or pad and sits in place, it can raise the pH level of the vagina. Note: The pH of blood is 7.4.
    5. Female hormone level change. Lack of estrogen, during the menopausal years, is associated with alkalization of the vaginal pH to above 4.5.
    6. Pregnancy & Breastfeeding. Estrogen levels increases during pregnancy but plummets after pregnancy. Women who breastfeed usually have lower estrogen levels that those who do not.

    Vaginal Steaming to Combat pH Imbalances

    Her Sacred Place Vaginal Steaming Spa in Columbia, South Carolina is here to help with your vaginal imbalances.  Vaginal Steaming may help cleanse the vagina of imbalances and reduce frequent infections.  If you are not located in South Carolina, but would like to consult with a Steaming Facilitator, please click here to book your consultation.  Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to keep up on the latest information pertaining to your most Sacred Place!