If your vagina were a song, she’d be Destiny’s Child “Independent Women, Part 1″—she can take care of herself. Despite that universal truth, though, some ladies still insist on messing around or tidying up down there in the most, ah, creative of ways. Here are four common moves that can go very, very wrong.
Stay far away from steaming (aka don’t get vagina advice from Gwyneth).
We’re all for the Goop-y philosophy of living your very best, healthiest life. But when Gwyneth Paltrow starts doling out patently bad advice, we’ve got to draw the line. Your vagina isn’t a carpet—you should not steam clean it. According to our partners at Women’s Health (and because Goop took down the post due to justifiable backlash), Paltrow defined steaming for V as when you “sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels.”
Raquel Dardik, MD, clinical associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, has a slightly different opinion. “Steaming would be a definite no because you would burn your vagina,” she says.