My period used to be painful with gnarly cramps and very heavy bleeding. When I went the gyno, I was quickly put on birth control pills. Before long my body had become insensitive to the birth control hormones, resulting in a month long period, and then a time of trying various birth control pills with higher levels of hormones.
That resulted in me feeling totally f*cking crazy, out of balance, and eventually stopping birth control. It took some time for my cycle and hormones come back into some sort of regularity. The pain and discomfort was still there, but I was told that it was normal, “That’s just the burden of being a woman”.
After talking to many friends, I discovered that my story of painful periods wasn’t unique. Many of us, including myself, had started to accept the pain and normalize it.
It wasn’t until I discovered vaginal steaming that my periods began to shift it become pain free. Infections decreased and my period was no longer met with dread. Steaming also felt incredibly nourishing, comforting, and empowering.
I knew I wanted to have a vaginal steaming expert on the show, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect woman to share with us than the one and only Steamy Chick, Keli Garza.
In this episode, Keli shares the science of steaming, along with incredible case studies and research on vaginal steaming. We touch on the perfect period, women’s healthcare, and the powerful process of reclaiming the authority of our own bodies. I left our conversation with my jaw dropped and seriously ready to get steamy!
If you have ever had a period or know someone who has - you should DEFINITELY listen to this episode :)
How Keli secretly discovered vaginal steaming postpartum and surprisingly found her way to studying it and sharing it with women
How Gwyneth Paltrow helped launch Kelli into becoming Steamy Chick
Several “medical miracles” that happen from steaming
The Power of steaming and how it actually works to help cleanse and bring the uterus and vagina into optimal health - even from extreme pain and health issues
How to practice vaginal steaming at home
The healthy period and the myth that painful, dysfunctional periods are normal
Research challenges and the depth of the problem in women’s health
History of Gynecology and it's limitations
The worldwide roots of vaginal steaming
Vaginal steaming for postpartum healing
Keli Garza has a Masters degree in International Development graduating cum laude. Garza is the owner of Steamy Chick the largest distributor of vaginal steam supplies in the United States. To further vaginal steam education Garza founded a branch of her company called the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute to train practitioners in the use of vaginal steam for menstrual and reproductive health and to further research on the gynecological benefits reported by hundreds of customer case studies. Garza is at the forefront of professionalizing vaginal steam into an alternative medicine field known as peristeam hydrotherapy.