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Have you ever wondered why women fart through their vaginas? We know it can get embarrassing sometimes, but vaginal farts are nothing but trapped air. It is not waste gas and so it doesn’t smell. That said, there are a lot of reasons why air can get trapped in your vagina making you queef or fart via your vagina.
Here are some of them:
1. Sexual activity
When something is inserted in the vagina (like a penis, fingers, or sex toys) it can trap the air inside. The “in and out” movement for sexual pressure can also trap the air, which is then released when the sexual activity is done.
2. Pelvic floor problems
Though vaginal flatulence is not harmful, trapped air can be a sign of some serious problems related to your pelvic floor. Vaginal farts are linked to conditions like urinary and faecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. So It’s always advised to do pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
3. Tampons and menstrual cups
Feminine hygiene products like tampons and menstrual cups which are inserted inside the vagina can also allow air to get trapped inside. The air is then released when the product is removed or while exercising or stretching.
4. Gynaecological procedures
Physical examinations and procedures during the vaginal examination can also allow air to enter inside the vagina where it can get trapped and subsequently released.
5. Exercises and stretching
Any exercises that stretch out the pelvic area often opens and relaxes your vagina which allows the air to enter. Hence you might hear some farts while you exercise.
6. Labour and childbirth
A study published in the journal ISRN Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that most cases of vaginal gas in women start after normal delivery.
7. Vaginal fistula
Fistula is a condition where an abnormal hollow chamber is created between two normally unconnected organs. So if you have been experiencing vaginal flatulence for a while and have also been experiencing some discomfort down there, then please consult a gynaecologist.
So how can you prevent vaginal flatulence or queefing?
While you cannot do much about this situation, you can make conscious efforts to feel less embarrassed about it as its just trapped air we’re talking about.