There are many things for which money is good; vegetables, ironing, moisturizers, cleaning your pores … but not your vagina.
A 62-year-old woman learned that the hard way was when she was tearing the vagina to help with her vaginal prolapse – a condition where the vagina support system weakens or breaks, causing it to collapse (fall out of place).
Vaginal mating (or v-steaming) is an alternative treatment used by some to tighten and freshen up the vagina and reduce menstrual cramps.
However, healthcare professionals remain skeptical of the practice because there is no scientific research to substantiate their claims.
The method suggests adding fresh herbs to a pot filled with boiling water and then pouring it into a bowl in the toilet.
It is then recommended that the person remove their underwear and sit on the toilet while using a large blanket to cover their waist. The cooking process takes 10-12 minutes and can be repeated.
According to the Chinese doctor's advice, the woman used the method as a way to help her condition, but instead received second-degree burns, according to the Canadian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Despite feeling any pain or discomfort, hot steam burned the mucous membranes of her cervix and vagina, Forbes reported.
Doctors like Ph.D. Magali Robert, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Calgary, warns against this method because it can disrupt physical functions.
"Clinicians need to be aware of the alternative treatment available to women so counseling can mitigate any possible harm," Robert said.
With constant use, a woman could do serious harm by spilling her vagina.
She was advised to discontinue the practice and to apply ointment to the burn and to coat the diseased area with gauze.
V-steaming has been known for centuries, but recently celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen have become popular.
However, this practice is alarming for healthcare professionals who recognize the potential harm it causes to a woman's body.
Female health expert and physician Jennifer Wider says burning the vagina is the most pressing concern.
Wilder said vaginas must be kept at body temperature, hot, and this can lead to the risk of bad bacteria, yeast growth, slowing down of enzymes and itching.
"The vaginal area is sensitive and these types of burns can be painful and difficult to treat," Wider told Women's Health.
Maybe it's time to throw out your hot pan.