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Janine Davis

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“Steaming the vagina could affect this healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels and cause irritation.”

It may be all the rage with such stars as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen, but vaginal steaming can leave women with serious burns — in probably the worst place to get burned.

A study published Thursday in Canada’s Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shares the tale of a 62-year-old woman who underwent the procedure, believing it would relieve her suffering from a prolapsed vagina. Instead, she suffered second-degree burns and ended up having to get reconstructive surgery, the journal reports.

Gynaecologist Vanessa Mackay says cleaning — or, even worse, steaming — vaginas kills bacteria that protects the fragile female part. “Steaming the vagina could affect this healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels and cause irritation, infection and inflammation,” she says. “It could also burn the delicate skin around the vagina.”