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Oh, the internet and all its crazy trends; is this one about women steaming their vaginas with coffee to induce labor a worthwhile hack? The Doctors emphatically say no!
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry explains women are apparently squatting naked over a bowl of steaming hot coffee for about 20 minutes with the belief that the caffeine, as well as the steam, will cause uterine contractions. The steam is also said to help loosen up the mucus.
Dr. Nita doesn’t know where people come up with these things but she wishes they wouldn’t! She explains the steam can actually harm the woman’s vaginal region which is sensitive. There is a risk of burning oneself as well as causing an infection if the steam throws off the natural pH balance.
If you want to induce labor, Dr. Nita says you can talk to your doctor about membrane stripping. This increases the probability of going into labor spontaneously within 48 hours. It involves a cervical exam in which the doctor inserts digits into the woman to gently separate the amniotic sac from the surrounding uterus, which can increase the flow of prostaglandins in that area to cause contractions.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork asks about one of the most popular birth-inducing rumors, sex. “You can try sex but studies don’t necessarily say that sex will work definitively but it’s worth a try. It’s better than coffee steam!” says Dr. Nita.