Second-Degree Burn Sustained After Vaginal Steaming

J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019 Jun;41(6):838-839. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.07.013. Epub 2018 Oct 23.


Background: Vaginal steaming has gained increased popularity as a method to achieve empowerment by providing vaginal tightening and to "freshen" the vagina.

Case: A 62-year-old woman sustained second-degree burns following vaginal steaming in an attempt to reduce vaginal prolapse.

Conclusion: Clinicians need to be aware of alternative treatments available to women so that counselling may mitigate any potential harm.

Keywords: Vaginal steaming; burns; prolapse.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Burns / etiology*
  • Cervix Uteri / injuries*
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • Middle Aged
  • Steam / adverse effects*
  • Uterine Prolapse / therapy*
  • Vagina / injuries*


  • Steam