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Kourtney Kardashian left viewers and her own sisters in shock after revealing she steamed her vagina with roses to help her get pregnant.
The 43-year-old reality TV star and wellness brand owner has allowed camera to film her fertility journey for the new series The Kardashians.
In the most recent episode, Kourtney explained to her mum Kris Jenner, 66, and her sisters Kim, 41 and Khloé, 37, the Panchakarma cleanse she had recently tried.
“I did lose 5lbs but it wasn’t the goal. The goal was to lose all the toxins and it gives you a clean egg,” she said.
“Then I did a Yoni steam and I want to buy you all a Yoni steam. It’s so good for your vagina, you put roses and stuff in there.”
Khloé was not amused and quipped: “I don’t want to put my vagina through that. A steamy vagina? Sounds gross.”
In a previous episode, Kourtney confessed she had been told to drink Travis’s sperm to help them conceive.
“Our last egg retrieval was not successful, so our new thing that we’re going to be trying is a Panchakarma cleanse, which is Ayurvedic,” she said in a confessional, mentioning Panchakarma is a form of alternative medicine.
“It’s like 3,000 years old, which will get all of the toxins that are deep within our tissue out of our bodies to have better quality eggs.
“I did this cleanse 10 years ago, I kept telling Travis about this and it’s the one thing we haven’t tried that he’s heard me talk about.”
Kourtney is not the only celebrity who has spoken about vagina steaming. Actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, who also made a cameo appearance in the same episode, has celebrated the alleged benefits.
In an article for The Cut in 2016, she said: “The first time I tried v-steaming, I was like, ‘This is insane’. My friend Ben brought me and I was like, ‘You are out of your f**king mind. What is this? But then by the end of it I was like, ‘This is so great.’
“Then I start to do research, and it’s been in Korean medicine for thousands of years and there are real healing properties. If I find benefit to it and it’s getting a lot of page views, it’s a win-win.”
However, gynechologists are not convinced vagina steaming works or if it is safe.
Experts have also raised concerns that steaming the vagina could lead to burns or disrupting the natural balance of ‘good’ bacteria or disrupting the vagina's pH levels.
Dr. Dmitry Loktionov, a gynecologist, warned against vaginal steaming and said there could be serious side effects.
“Firstly, the vagina does not need extra cleaning, it is an organ that already has ‘self cleaning’ function and adding any additional product or procedure might distrust this process,” he tells Tyla.
“Moreover, vaginal pH is very sensitive and any changes to it will lead to pH imbalance and conditions like Bacterial Vaginosis.”
He adds: "Furthermore, the biggest risk is damaging the skin in or around the vagina as steam is hot and vaginal cells are sensitive so it is not hard to imagine that there is a higher risk of burn here.
“Lastly, there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the claims made by promoters of vaginal steam that vaginal steaming helps with any condition.”
The Kardashians airs new episodes every Thursday on Disney+
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