Jada Pinkett Smith Steams Her Vagina on Talk Show: 'This is What I Love'

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.

The actress is continuing to share in a big way, as the latest episode of her Facebook Watch show sees her steaming her vagina alongside daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

"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."

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"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.

Celebrities 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, told Newsweek: "There are zero health benefits to what Jada Pinkett Smith calls a vaginal steam, but really is a vulva steam. Practitioners who offer this have zero understanding of the vaginal ecosystem. Steam will simply hit the vulva, and there have been reports of burns.

"If, by any chance, steam did get into the vagina—it wouldn't unless some kind of tubing were used and most definitely never do that—it would be harmful to the vaginal ecosystem. Even washing internally in the vagina with water is known to be damaging to the healthy bacteria."

Dr. Giada Frontino, an ob/gyn based in London, added that the anecdotal claims of people who promote vaginal steaming were not supported by any scientific studies.

She told Newsweek: "I have read of some women promoting vaginal steaming to clean and disinfect the vagina. Unfortunately this is untrue, as killing bacteria and viruses requires temperatures that are so high that the vaginal tissues and surrounding skin would suffer from a severe burn.

"Vaginal steaming is one of those subjects that really opens a fascinating chapter on the history of women.

"We know vaginal steaming is a thousand-year old practice of many different indigenous cultures and that the underlying reason to it being used was mainly to clean a woman—especially after what was considered as dirty: menstrual blood, vaginal discharge and bleeding following delivery and menopause.

"It would be a great relief to know women nowadays are free from this anthropologically misogynist sentiment, based on which women need cleaning because their bodies were seen as dirty, and it is deeply frustrating to know some female role models still promote this poor self-esteem today."

Newsweek has also contacted the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for comment.

Update 6/10/21, 11:50 a.m. ET: This article was updated to add comments from Dr. Jen Gunter and Dr. Giada Frontino.

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Jada Pinkett Smith arrives for the Hollywood premiere of "Gemini Man" on October 6, 2019. The star recently tried vaginal steaming on camera for her show "Red Table Talk." Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images