When Fiona Coble’s hairdresser mentioned she should get her vagina steamed on her next Bali trip, she didn’t shut down the idea.
She had heard of the concept – after all, the media and women alike had all but fallen over themselves when the purveyor of all things affordable and realistic, Gwyneth Paltrow, wrote about it for Goop in January 2015.
“You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne,” Paltrow wrote about it at the time. “A combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.”
The experience, wildly known as vaginal “steaming” or “fogging” is actually formerly called Ratus, Fiona said.
“I had a girlfriend coming over [to Bali] and I knew if I was ever going to do it, it would be with her,” she told Mamamia.
After reading a few articles about it, Fiona decided to give it a shot. At least, if all else failed, she could walk out onto the streets of Bali with her girlfriend and laugh it off over a margarita or two. And more than that, it would be something to share on her notoriously candid Facebook page, Rock Star Mums Drink Champagne.
So, with her friend Chris in tow – and an iPhone camera to capture the experience on – the two entered the salon “giggling like a pair of hapless virgins on their wedding night”.
Here’s what happened.
Fiona says although it sounds like a wildly exotic procedure, it’s actually pretty simple.
“I was really nervous before I went in and was initially suspicious about the whole scenario. I read something about them putting something inside your flaps, but it’s not quite like that.
“You’re sitting on a box with your leg spread and there’s a hole cut out of the middle.