Vaginal Steam Bath, What is it?

Hello Mamas, and Happy New Year! 

As you know ohmMother Yoga is blessed beyond belief to have Carol Hayes of Hands on Massage and Bodywork at our studio. Her massage room is located right past the studio room, and it is a like entering another world. You immediately feel so warm and cozy as soon as you walk in, it's the perfect place to relax. Let me know if you haven't seen it yet and next time in you're in the studio you can sneak a peek!

A few months ago Carol and I were talking about business stuff, new ideas for classes and what not, when she told me she was interested in offering Vaginal Steam Baths. If you're like me you immediately thought of Gwenyth Paltrow, right? Well it turns out vaginal steam baths are more than just a spa treatment in California.

Carol is beginning to have more and more success with the Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Massage she offers, especially when it comes to infertility. Vaginal Steam Baths are another effective way to assist women in their fertility journeys. Carol's passion is to help women feel good, heal their bodies and live fully nurtured lives. If anyone would offer a steam bath like this, it makes perfect sense for it to be Carol.

After she told me her idea, I volunteered to be the studio guinea pig. Based on how our society treats all things "vagina", my instinct told me that promoting a Vaginal Steam Bath would be a challenge. I thought that if I took one for the team and wrote about my experience here on the blog, at least we could create awareness about it. 

So yes, that means I'm getting a Vaginal Steam Bath. Tomorrow. You only live once right? My husband and I are not trying to get pregnant so I won't be able to comment on it's effectiveness regarding fertility, but I will be able to tell you what to expect. Make sure you're following us on Facebook so you don't miss next week's post about my experience. 

Also - if there is any other type of treatment, or therapy, or experience you've been wanting to try but don't have the guts to right now - let me know! I am happy to reach out, learn more and share the information on our blog. Have a great night, wish me luck! Namaste. - Liz


I realize you are probably now reading this through bashful yet curious eyes with a grin on your face wondering,

“What in the world are vaginal steams and why would I need one?”

Vaginal steam baths, or “Bajos” (ba-hoes), as they are known in Spanish, are used to assist in the cleansing of the uterus in conjunction with the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy for the treatment of numerous female symptoms. The formulation of a vaginal steam bath consists of aromatic, cleansing herbs such as basil, calendula, lavender, oregano, yarrow or lemon balm that will penetrate into the uterine wall. The therapeutic effects of thermotherapy and aromatherapy contribute to the effectiveness of this treatment. Overall the bath aids as a uterine lavage or internal cleanse of the membranes that often accumulate incompletely flushed debris/fluids from cycle to cycle. In addition, the bath introduces healing warmth and softens and nourishes internal membranes.

The baths can safely be combined with either natural cycles or any cycle involving assisted reproductive technology such as IUI or IVF. Consider adding vaginal steam baths to your self care routine if you experience painful periods, dark blood at the beginning or ending of your menstrual cycle, irregular periods, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, cervical stenosis, vaginal dryness or painful intercourse.

When specifically do I steam?

  • If you are in a natural cycle, steam once within a few days after your period, and then once just before ovulation but before intercourse (we don’t want to heat up the sperm).
  • If you are taking Clomid, steam once when you first start your Clomid medication, and then once just before ovulation but before intercourse/IUI. A side effect of Clomid may be a decrease in cervical mucous. The steam will help increase this mucous.
  • If you are doing an injectable IUI cycle, steam once when you first begin your stimulation drugs, and then once in the morning before your IUI procedure. Steaming before your IUI procedure helps to liquefy the cervical mucous and creates a lubricated path for the insertion of the catheter through the cervix.
  • If you are doing an IVF cycle, steam once when you first begin your stimulation drugs, and then once in the morning before your transfer. Steaming before your transfer procedure helps to create a lubricated path for the insertion of the catheter through the cervix.
  • If you are doing a donor egg cycle, steam once while your donor is stimulating and then once in the morning before your transfer.

Vaginal steams are available at the massage studio as part of an Arvigo massage treatment or as a stand alone session.  I have a steam unit that is made specifically for vaginal steams.  The session is very private and relaxing!

The side effects of a steam may include a temporary increase in menstrual flow (more dark fluids, debris) and/or menses may start earlier than usual due to a cleansing effect.

*Vaginal steam baths are contraindicated during pregnancy!

If you have any questions, please email handsonmbw@gmail.com or call (224) 484-0897

Carol Hayes, LMT, CNC, AP
Hands On Massage & Bodywork
647 S. 8th Street, West Dundee, IL
(224) 484-0897