Gwyneth Paltrow Still Steams Her Vagina, But You Should Probably Pass On It

Women tend to do a lot of stupid shit to keep their bodies in tiptop shape, but vagina steaming might be the dumbest one of all. In a recent interview, Gwyneth Paltrow said she still steams her vagina, something she wrote about on Goop years ago and got a ton of shit for. Because, let’s just be honest, we all give Paltrow a ton of shit for a lot of the things she does. I mean, a lot of times I feel like most Paltrow haters are just a little jealous. Maybe it’s really nice to be so rich and buy only super organic beauty products or afford a therapist who can help you “consciously uncouple” from someone instead of shrieking at them in the kitchen. But when it comes to vagina steaming, the criticism is sort of well deserved.

Vagina steaming is just out of con-fucking-trol. Paltrow told New York Magazine’s The Cut, “The first time I tried v-steaming, I was like, ‘This is insane.'” She continued, “But then by the end of it I was like, ‘This is so great.’ Then I start to do research, and it’s been in Korean medicine for thousands of years and there are real healing properties.”

She’s right, v-steaming has been around in Korean medicine for thousands of years. It’s called a “chai-yok,” and in modern times, it will cost you about $50 a pop. It consists of a pot of boiling water with a shit-ton of herbs in it that you just sit over. It’s meant to clean your vagina, make it smell better, and some even say that it’s good for your uterus, hormones, and fertility. However, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine, told Women’s Health it’s “complete bull.”

First of all, you don’t even need to clean your vagina. If you want to go green, you can leave it the fuck alone. Vagina’s are pretty powerful, and if you sit over a pot of steam, you can risk getting rid of the good bacteria that self-cleans it for you. It’s just as bad as douching. And the whole idea that it helps your hormones or your uterus? That’s just medically wrong, according to Dr. Minkin and other health professionals. Then again, some people swear it works.

It’s certainly a rip off for $50, but can we talk about why people have been trying to “clean” women’s vaginas since the dawn of fucking time? Women worrying about “vaginal odor” need to stop worrying about vaginal odor, because vaginas are supposed to smell like vaginas. There are some odors you should notice and talk to your doctor about, because sudden unusual smells can mean there’s a problem, but overall, your vagina isn’t supposed to be odor-free. It doesn’t smell bad — it just smells like a vagina.

I think the practice of douching and needing to make our vagina’s “fresh” has a lot to do with the shame of actually having a vagina. Or just misinformation about what it means to have a vagina, how it works, and all of that other good stuff. So don’t not v-steam just because Paltrow does. Don’t v-steam because your vagina is perfect the way it is.