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7 totally-normal reasons behind your queefs aka vaginal farts

Published on:9 August 2020, 13:44pm IST
Vaginal farts or queefs are completely normal and rarely a cause of concern. But if you're still wondering why they're happening to you, then read on.
Shreya Gupta
Queefs or vaginal farts are nothing to be embarrased about! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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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:

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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.

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Do kegel exercises for strong pelvic floor muscles. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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.

Also, read: The struggle is real! Here’s why Indian women still resist tampons and menstrual cups

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.

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Thank god! Vaginal farts don’t smell. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Also, read: 5 unexpected ways your body might change permanently after pregnancy

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.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.