One month after welcoming her second child, Chrissy Teigen tried out vaginal steaming and shared the process on her Instagram account. Although the model and cookbook author said in the caption,“It can’t hurt right?” PEOPLE Health Squad member Dr. Mary Minkin advises against it.
Minkin, a board-certified OB/GYN and clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine tells PEOPLE, “There’s absolutely no data that shows that it does anything. And it’s potentially dangerous.”
Minkin says the vagina is self-cleaning and there is no reason to try and destroy the bacteria found in a healthy vagina.
“First of all, you’re not going to destroy the bacteria because they’re always going to come back. And there’s a delicate balance, in general, in a healthy woman,” she says.