In a recent episode of the reality TV show Tia & Tamera (which follows grown-up Sister, Sister stars Tia and Tamera Mowry), the twins go in for what they think is a regular spa day — but end up getting the v-steam treatment. What in the world is a "v-steam," you say? Read on to find out!
The vaginal steam bath is a centuries-old Korean remedy that's now taking off in both traditional, Korean salons and luxury ones. Known as chai-yok in Korean, the vaginal steam bath is exactly what it sounds like. Maybe worse! You perch over a bottomless pot of boiling water infused with herbs for about 20 to 45 minutes. You're either naked or wearing a poncho-like getup that does not breathe to maximize the steam's effect.
Ancient Korean wisdom says it fights infections, reduces stress, eases PMS, and even increases fertility; Western doctors say maybe so, but so far there's absolutely no proof. Dr. Laura Riley says, "I just don't understand physiologically how putting steam up the vagina is going to change your fertility or help you relieve stress."
So what do women who've had v-steams say? Find out now!