Ladies of America, please heed this important warning: Do not imitate Gwyneth Paltrow and go to some spa for a steam of your lady parts.
Alternatively, if must visit a vaginal spa because Paltrow, a college dropout, said so, please at least consult your doctor first.
The warning follows a recent post by Paltrow at Goop, a website “where food, shopping, and mindfulness collide,” according to its creators.
In the post, Paltrow raved about her trip to Tikkun, a Korean spa in Santa Monica, Calif. where “the Mugworth V-Steam” is “the real golden ticket.” It’s where you “sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.”
Paltrow, 42, described the process as “an energetic release — not just a steam douche — that balances female hormone levels.”
Now, according to PEOPLE, an actual doctor is urging extreme caution for anyone seeking to emulate Paltrow’s recommended vaginal remedy.
“Steam is probably not good for your vagina,” Dr. Jen Gunter has advised in a lengthy blog post.
“Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse,” Gunter, a board-certified ob-gyn in San Francisco who specializes in vulvovaginal disorders, adds.
“Mugwort or wormwood or whatever when steamed, either vaginally or on the vulva, can’t possibly balance any reproductive hormones, regulate your menstrual cycle, treat depression, or cure infertility,” Gunter explains.
“Steam isn’t going to get into your uterus from your vagina unless you are using an attachment with some kind of pressure and MOST DEFINITELY NEVER EVER DO THAT,” she also warns (terrifying emphasis in original).