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Vaginal Wind: An Embarrassing Event

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Air in my vagina: What causes queefing?

Some women have experienced passage of air or wind from the vagina that can create an audible noise, commonly known as queefing, and may be embarrassing. It can happening during sporting activities, sexual intercourse or sometimes just from squatting.

Pelvic floor weakness, usually from childbirth, is the main culprit here. Air can get drawn or sucked into the vagina during any of the above mentioned activities, especially if the vaginal opening is wider or looser than what it had been previously. After the air is drawn in it becomes trapped in the upper vagina behind one of the vaginal walls that may be loose, such as from a mildly dropped bladder. Then during repositioning of the body, the air is pushed out the vagina creating a noise and sensation.

Pelvic floor muscle weakness is common. Many women already perform Kegel muscle exercises to help decrease the severity and incidence of urinary incontinence/leakage they experience. Similar pelvic floor muscle retraining can re-strengthen this part of the body. In addition, squeezing the thighs closed against a beach ball, or pushing the thighs out against resistance at the gym, also helps the pelvic floor.

Weighted vaginal cones are different sized smooth cones that are placed in the vagina around which the woman squeezes in order to retain the cone. You begin with larger sizes and work your way down.

Sometimes placing a large tampon in the vagina while working out can block movement of air. It may also support the urethra just enough to prevent urinary incontinence as well during a workout, and trap urine within it to prevent wetting of underwear or workout clothes.

Significant pelvic floor weakness can be surgically corrected if significant. When the bladder, top of the vagina or rectum push into the vagina, causing pressure, or even push out the vagina, then it’s time to have a formal examination.

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(reply to Anonymous)

Actually, the wonderful thing about vaginas are they are self-cleaning! It is a myth that women need to clean their vaginas with douches or such products; normal cleaning and as you said "proper hygiene" can occur in the bath or shower, same with any part of the body, with water and regular or mild soap.

Cleaning the vagina beyond what is necessary in the bath or shower can actually cause more damage. In fact the "American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggest that women steer clear of douching. All healthy vaginas contain some bacteria and other organisms called the vaginal flora. The normal acidity of the vagina keeps the amount of bacteria down. But douching can change this delicate balance. This may make a woman more prone to vaginal infections. Plus, douching can spread existing vaginal infections up into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries."

All healthy vaginas have a mild odor, and if you are experiencing an odor that is described as "pungent", it may indicate an infection, and it would be recommended that you talk with your GYN.

As noted by the original author of the post, "vaginal wind" or a "queef" may be caused by any number of activities, and is not a sign of poor hygiene (cleaning or not cleaning does not "cause" the wind to be noisy).

September 20, 2009 - 8:02pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Alison - Perfectly said!!

September 22, 2009 - 8:06am
EmpowHER Guest

Could this be related to a vaginal prolapse? As I have been diagnosed with this and I often suffer from passing of air from the vagina.

September 7, 2009 - 5:31am
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