The Advantages of Postpartum Vaginal Steaming
Vaginal steaming for postpartum recovery has a long and diverse history across different cultures. Unfortunately, Western gynecology in the late 19th century led to the disappearance of this practice along with the decline of midwifery. However, there is a resurgence of postpartum yoni steaming among birthing individuals worldwide.
Here are eight ways in which postpartum yoni steaming can provide numerous healing benefits:
Steam aids in the thorough cleansing of the uterus, including the lochia (a mixture of blood and mucus). This helps to reduce the risk of infection, lessen postpartum contractions, normalize the size and position of the uterus, and promote a regular and pain-free menstrual cycle.
Vaginal steaming supports the tightening of the vaginal opening and canal, which in turn helps to hold the uterus in the proper position and prevents prolapse of other organs.
Steam assists in lifting the uterus and adjacent organs, aiding in their return to their original places. This is crucial for postpartum healing and reduces the occurrence of bladder incontinence, which is not an inevitable consequence of childbirth but rather a sign of incomplete recovery.
Vaginal steaming postpartum can reduce skin swelling, helping it return to its normal state.
Steam can be beneficial in healing hemorrhoids. Proper positioning is important to optimize the steam’s effects on hemorrhoids, including the anus.
Steam increases circulation and helps disperse water retention, which is important as unaddressed water retention can lead to weight gain after 3-4 weeks. Studies have shown that postpartum vaginal steaming can aid in quickened weight loss.
Postpartum yoni steaming can address previous menstrual issues. Since the cervix remains open for 4-6 weeks after delivery, a yoni steam during this period is a prime time for a complete uterine reset. Many individuals who have undergone postpartum vaginal steaming report healthier periods after giving birth compared to pre-conception.
Vaginal steaming releases oxytocin, known as the “feel good” or bonding hormone. Stimulation of the cervix and uterine walls during postpartum yoni steaming allows this hormone to be released, which is important for preventing postpartum depression and supporting milk supply.
It is important to note that postpartum yoni steaming is only safe after the uterine arteries have closed. Proper selection of herbs are essential for safety.
For more information, you can refer to the first Western study on postpartum vaginal steaming: Fourth Trimester Vaginal Steam Study.
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