Most of the side-effects reported while steaming are positive. Users have reported better sleep, decreased swelling in legs and feet, decreased abdominal bloating, slimmer waistline, increased libido, decrease in breast soreness, fewer headaches, fewer PMS symptoms, increased energy, lucid dreams, tingling feet and increased lubrication.
However, some undesirable side effects might also occur.
SHORTENED MENSTRUAL CYCLES (27 DAYS OR SHORTER)
If steaming shortens the amount of days in your menstrual cycle and it is 27 days or less, then you should switch to the Gentle Herb blend
If you develop a headache after steaming this may mean that you are dehydrated. Just like when you spend time in a jacuzzi or full body sauna, it is important to make sure to drink enough fluids.
If you are not dehydrated, a headache after steaming may be a sign that the steam session increased your circulation too quickly. In this case, reduce the length of the steam session to 10 min or less. You can gradually increase the length of the sessions by 5 min at a time.
Aching feet (as opposed to tingling feet reported as a good thing) also may be a sign that the steam session increased your circulation too quickly. In this case, reduce the length of the steam session.
SPOTTING/BLEEDING BETWEEN PERIODS
If you start to bleed unexpectedly with heavy bleeding and you are on menstrual cycle day 20 or less, this may be a sign that the steam session was too hot for your body. You can continue your steam plan with Gentle Herbs only but you must reduce the steam temperature and only steam for 10 minutes.
It would be beneficial to order an herbal formula to have on hand if/when bleeding between periods occurs again: It's called yunnan baiyao and you can order it online or get it from your local acupuncturist. Do not start your steam plan again until all bleeding has stopped and until you have this herb on hand.
Sometimes some women may feel like they got an infection after steaming because they have increase or clumpy discharge. In fact, the steaming is a cleanse and the way that it helps clear up infections is by first clearing out all of the irregular mucus which has bacteria, yeast or viruses in it. If you have mucus discharge after steaming that is a good sign that the cleanse is working. Continue to steam consecutive days until all the mucus discharge is out
Herpes is a virus that is sensitive to heat. When steaming with the herpes virus it is important to only do a mild 10 min steam session. In most cases this will prevent any outbreak. If you still get an outbreak while doing a mild 10 min session then you may not be able to steam.
SENSATION TO URINATE
The bladder is right next to the vagina so sometimes the steam stimulates it giving the sensation to urinate. Go to the bathroom and empty your bladder. After that continue steaming. The sensation usually goes away after a few minutes.
If cramping occurs after steaming, this might be a sign that some old residue has loosened up and the uterus is going to try to help get it out by contracting.
Cramping might also increase during menstruation.
If either of these occur, it is recommended to increase the amount of herbs that you are using to help loosen up the old residue even more. It's also vital that you learn proper period care so that you can help the old residue come out.
Source: Garza, K. (n.d.). Steamy Chick: Vaginal Steam Certification, Courses, Herbs, Saunas. Retrieved from https://www.steamychick.com/