Photo Credit: Michael Bodmann/E+/Getty Images
There’s a hot new spa treatment in town for ladies who think their privates deserve some extra TLC.
Recently featured on the reality TV show Tia & Tamera (we’d never heard of it either), chai-yok is a traditional Korean remedy in which women sit over a pot of boiling water infused with herbs and steam clean their vaginas.
And you thought squeezing a bottle of water and vinegar douche into your vajayjay seemed crazy. But unlike douches, a V-steam,as it is affectionately known, isn't meant just for days when you have that not-so-fresh feeling (though Korean women traditionally do chai-yok after their periods). Vaginal steam baths are said to do just about everything: reduce stress, regulate the menstrual cycle, improve fertility, abolish hemorrhoids, alleviate cramps and even help with bladder and vaginal infections.
Of course, there are no studies that confirm vaginal steam baths actually work. However, one medical expert did tell the Los Angeles Times that “the idea of steaming the pelvic area is ‘not insane.’” The reason: Heat boosts blood flow to the area, and with increased circulation comes better healing and more nutrients to the region. Um, I’m pretty sure sitting in a hot tub, working out, or getting frisky can do pretty much the same thing.
During the V-Steam, women rest on bottomless stools (not unlike toilet seats) that are positioned over the bubbling cauldrons. The women are wrapped in raincoat-like ponchos that trap in the heat and moisture, as well as provide a modicum of privacy, while their genitals get the sauna treatment. And just how long does this luxurious therapy last? Anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes.
One woman who gets the treatment regularly in hopes of becoming pregnant told the Los Angeles Times that she “prefers the V-Steam to the harshness of a douche and thinks of it as a ‘facial’ for her private area.”
Depending on where you get your vagina purified -- a posh Manhattan spa or a no-frills one in L.A.’s Koreatown, you either get to do your sauna-ing in a private room or in a the lobby where other patrons are watching TV. Oh, don’t mind me. Just sitting here with a tent over my body, steaming my vagina. No big deal. So how far will this soothing experience set you back? About $20 for the lobby treatment an $75 for the Gyno Spa Cure at ritzy Juvenex Spa in NYC.