A vagina fart is an interesting and weird thing that most women may be familiar with.
Vaginal farts, sometimes known as a “queefs”, can be described as the release or expulsion of air from the vagina. Although the occurrence may not be generally talked about openly, it is pretty common, and guess what? It’s normal too!
For the purpose of this discussion, we would sometimes refer to vaginal farts as queefing, just because they are not actual farts per say, and this is a common misnomer given to it.
How Does A Vaginal Fart Happen?
The anatomy of the vaginal canal plays a role in queefing. We should first know that the vaginal canal is about three to six inches long and has “wrinkle-like” folds. It is capable of changing its shape depending on the events surrounding it, such as during childbirth or while having sexual intercourse.
Because of this, it is possible for air to get trapped in the vaginal canal. A queef happens when the trapped air gets expelled from the vagina, thereby having a sound similar to that of a rectal fart. That's simply how it happens.
Now that we have an understanding of what queefing is, let us explore nine facts you should know about queefs:
9 Facts To Know About Vagina Farts
1. They are not actual farts:
Although they are called farts - only because of the sound it makes, they are not true farts.
Air can get into the vagina when it expands, and queefs are just expulsion of trapped air in the vagina, through the vaginal outlet.
True farts come from the rectum and have a digestive component as in the case of rectal farts which come straight from the digestive tract. A lot of things happen in the digestive tract starting from swallowing some amount of air while eating or talking, up to the process of food digestion.
A queef on the other hand, is an isolated event that has nothing to do with this process. It is simple logic. Air trapped in an enclosed space would certainly make some sound when it's being expelled with some amount of force.
2. They do not smell:
Oh yes. Because queefs have nothing to do with the digestive tracts, then they do not smell. There is no bacterial activity from the process of digestion, which is actually what makes rectal farts have a bad odor.
3. They are normal:
There is absolutely no cause for alarm and nothing to be worried about. Queefing is very normal and natural. It is not a cause for medical concern and can happen very randomly, although some activities may increase your chances of queefing. However, if you do feel worried and uncomfortable, you could visit your gynecologist.
4. If you have a vagina, then you can queef:
As simple as ABC. Having a vagina is enough to make you queef, after all, the air gets trapped inside the vagina. Lots of women queef. It is not a big deal.
5. You do not have it because of the size of your vagina:
It does not matter what shape or size your vagina is. Not all vaginas look the same. Everyone is different in their own way, but this does not mean that queefing happens to only a special kind of vagina. As we said earlier, if you have a vagina - no matter how it appears, then you can surely queef.
6. It can happen during sex:
Queefing mostly happens during sexual intercourse, and more often than not, you will hear the sound at one point or the other. If you hear it during intercourse with your mate, it's nothing to be embarrassed about. When a woman is aroused and also during sexual intercourse, the vagina expands and this makes room for air to seep in.
Also, inserting the penis, sex toys or using the fingers to stimulate the vagina can cause air to be pushed up into it, resulting in the fart-like sound. The sound could also be heard if the vagina is moist.
7. ...Or exercise:
Some kinds of movements made during exercise could force out air from the vagina. When doing sports like gymnastics, or exercises such as yoga, you may have to take on some positions where you would lift your legs up above the pelvis, causing you to queef. You could also get it from making sudden movements such as getting out of a chair.
8. It can happen when the pelvic floor muscles are weak:
The pelvic floor muscles support structures such as the vagina, rectum, uterus, and bladder. Certain factors can make a woman have weak pelvic floor muscles. It has been shown that some female athletes that engage in sports such as gymnastics, running or activities that work the abdominal muscles, could have weaker pelvic floor muscles.
Childbirth, prolonged labour time or having a big sized baby could also increase the chances of a weakened pelvic floor muscle. Furthermore, being chronically constipated - which makes you constantly try to force out poop, could make you exert your pelvic muscles, thereby weakening them over time.
9. Its frequency can be minimized:
Performing pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels have been suggested to minimize the frequency of queefing. The kegel exercise is basically done by contracting the anal sphincter and releasing it.
This motion also “squeezes” the vagina, as though you are trying to hold back pee. The idea behind this is that the exercise helps to keep the vagina toned and contract the pelvic floor muscles, thereby keeping it from being too relaxed and patent.
This could reduce the manner in which air goes into the vagina. The less the air that gets into the vagina, the less you queef. The more the air that gets into the vagina, the more you queef. It's almost unavoidable to queef during sex, so the best strategy might just be to not stress about it at all, although some may suggest not bending over during sex, not using sex toys, inserting only one finger at a time, not pulling out too far away etc. But what fun is that if you are so worried?!
In conclusion, while queefing is rarely spoken about, it is pretty common and normal. A good number of women have experienced it at some point in their lives, some more often than others.
It calls for no cause of concern, but just like everything that happens to your body, if it makes you uncomfortable, or gives you a significant amount of worry, it would not hurt at all to visit your gynecologist and seek medical advice.