She has candidly discussed love affairs, feuds and family traumas with her celebrity guests on Red Table Talk, so it’s safe to say that few subjects appear to be off limits for Jada Pinkett Smith.
“We are going to steam our vaginas. Yes, we’re gonna steam our vaginas on camera,” Pinkett Smith enthusiastically announced at the top of the broadcast.
She continued: “I ordered some kits from a really beautiful young Black woman who owns her own business. So we’re gonna head on up and we’re gonna get started. Let’s go get steamed, ladies!”
The trio of women then changed into matching lilac gowns, before mixing herbal sachets with hot water in their steaming seats.
Soon after lowering herself over her seat, Pinkett Smith told her daughter and mother—who were seated on either side of her—that she was feeling a “little tingle.”
“What sensation are you guys getting, sitting here?” Pinkett Smith asked, prompting her daughter to answer that she feeling “a lot of warmth.”
“This is real queen throne action right here,” said Pinkett Smith, giving the practice her seal of approval. “This is what I love.”
She went on: “Steaming is an ancient practice that originated in Asia and Africa and it was originally used to cleanse yourself after you’ve finished menstruating. I read somewhere that vaginal steams are like an aphrodisiac.”
Pinkett Smith then sang the praises of “spending time with your vagina” and showing it “appreciation and care.”
On the idea that she might be accused of oversharing, she said: “If you can listen to all these little rap artists talk and abuse the vagina, you sure as hell can watch women give it honor and praise and spend quality time.”
“We have to change the narrative around the vagina and women have to take it back,” added the Girls Trip star, who is married to Will Smith.
Stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen have shared their experiences of vaginal steaming in recent years, increasing its popularity. Proponents say it balances hormones, helps to alleviate menstrual symptoms and can heighten sexual pleasure.
However, a number of doctors have issued warnings about the practice and in 2019 a woman suffered second-degree burns while steaming her vagina.
Dr. Jen Gunter, an ob/gyn and writer on women’s health, posted on her blog in 2015: “Steam is probably not good for your vagina. Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse.”
She went on: “Ms. Paltrow and the people who push V-steams also need a little anatomy lesson because unless that steam is under high pressure (like with ejaculation) it’s not getting from the vagina into the uterus.
“Air (whether hot of cold) does not magically wander from the vagina into the uterus. Heck, even water in the vagina doesn’t get sucked up by the uterus.”
Dr. Gunter concluded: “If you want to feel relaxed, get a good massage. If you want to relax your vagina, have an orgasm.”
Newsweek has contacted Dr. Gunter and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for further comment.