What Is Vaginal Flatulence? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Flatulence
Causes and Risk Factors of Vaginal Flatulence
Much of the information compiled on vaginal flatulence — especially on the internet — is anecdotal, and more research would likely offer us a better understanding of what might make some women more likely to queef. With that caveat in mind, there are a number of situations and factors associated with vaginal flatulence, including:
- Sexual intercourse or inserting an object in the vagina When something is inserted into the vagina, it can displace the air inside.It’s possible to experience vaginal flatulence during a pelvic exam, when a doctor inserts or removes a speculum.
- Exercise or stretching Movements during exercise can cause air to become trapped inside the vagina. Women often report vaginal flatulence during certain physical activities, such as yoga.
- Pregnancy or menopause Some women report more episodes of vaginal flatulence during pregnancy or menopause.
- Pelvic floor anatomy Everyone’s pelvic floor is slightly unique, and some may be more prone than others to expelling trapped air.
Diagnosis of Vaginal Flatulence
Duration of Vaginal Flatulence
Treatment of Vaginal Flatulence
Because vaginal flatulence is a normal occurrence, there’s no need to treat it or seek a remedy for it.
But there may be times when queefing is associated with a medical issue that requires treatment.
- Stool or pus coming from your vagina
- Vaginal discharge that smells bad or off
- Frequent vaginal or urinary tract infections
- Irritation or pain in vulva, vagina, or area between vagina and anus
- Pain during sex
If you have these symptoms, queefing could be a sign of a rectovaginal fistula — which is rare.
Prevention of Vaginal Flatulence
As mentioned above, if you’ve suffered a prolapse and it’s possibly causing you to queef, your doctor may recommend using a pessary.
Research and Statistics: Who Gets Vaginal Flatulence?
Complications of Vaginal Flatulence
Related Conditions of Vaginal Flatulence
Resources We Love
Planned Parenthood offers a wealth of reliable information about women’s health — from sexual and reproductive issues and concerns to questions about queefing.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
For trusted, evidence-based information from expert physicians, visit ACOG’s website, where you’ll find this FAQ on women’s sexual health, as well as sections geared toward teens, pregnancy, and healthy aging.
Additional reporting by Kaitlin Sullivan.
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