The Goop author is encouraging us all to get a good steam cleaning down below, but before you head off for Mugworth V-Steam, perhaps listen to what the professionals have got to say on the matter...
Of all the crazy, out-there things Gwyneth Paltrow has said and done over the years (oil-pulling, anyone?), we think a vaginal steam clean has got to take first prize for most bonkers.
In her latest Goop blog post, Miss Paltrow raves about a new treatment called the Mugworth V-Steam, which she apparently enjoys regularly at her local spa in California.
Describing the treatment for those of us not in the know, Gwyneth says, ‘You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.’ Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?
The actress goes on to say ‘It is an energetic release – not just a steam douche – that balances female hormone levels.’ We’re not even sure what that means, but according to various doctors who are actual vaginal experts, it’s not a good thing.
Dr Jen Gunter was one of the first professionals to slam Gwynnie’s new obsession, saying on her website: ‘Ms. Paltrow needs a little anatomy lesson because unless that steam is under high pressure, it’s not getting from the vagina into the uterus. Air (whether hot of cold) does not magically wander from the vagina into the uterus. Heck, even water in the vagina doesn’t get sucked up by the uterus.’
She goes on to say, ‘Steam is probably not good for your vagina. Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse. It is most definitely more expensive. 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.’
In honour of Gwyneth’s latest ‘advice’, here are five of the craziest things she has said so far:
On water having feelings…
‘I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter. I have long had Dr. Emoto’s coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it.’
On processed cheese…
‘I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.’
On feeding her children…
‘I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup.’
On believing in herself…
‘I was starting to hike up the red rocks, and honestly, it was as if I heard the rock say, ‘You have the answers. You are your teacher.’ I thought I was having an auditory hallucination.’
‘When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in a garden, my heart skips a beat.’
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