A blushing friend asked me the other day – “How do I stop making THAT noise from down there?”
We’re talking fanny farts – aka queefs, or varts – of course, and that awkward moment when they happen and you’re thinking what to do or say?
Giggling like teenagers we discussed her concerns – & it turns out, her queefs don’t just occur in the bedroom, they even happen at gym or whilst attempting simple stretches! Poor thing even had to stop attending her Tae-bo classes for fear of people thinking she had a problem with flatulence.
Now it’s one thing in the bedroom with your partner where you can laugh it off together, but at gym when you’re lifting weights or doing a stretch in yoga class? Talk about mortifying.
Needless to say I had no answer for her & promised to find out more asap. Enter research mode. I got down to it and here are all the nitty gritty details that you and your girlfriends may like to know – from what causes them, how to prevent them & when it’s a cause for concern.
What are they?
Known medically as flatus vaginalis – the ‘fanny fart’ is more common than most realise – and whilst it may be considered embarrassing & for some uncomfortable, it’s simply an emission or expulsion of air from the vagina. The sound is somewhat comparable to flatulence from the anus but does not involve any waste gases and therefore has no specific odor associated. It may occur during or after sexual intercourse or during other sexual acts /positions, stretching, sudden movements (getting up from a chair), stair climbing or exercise. Many women report that it only began after having children (which loosens the pelvic floor), but for the most part it seems it can happen whether you’ve had children or not.
So what causes them ?
Certain positions we find ourselves in may aggravate the situation, think inverted yoga poses, gymnastics stretches or sexual positions such as ‘doggy-style’. When it occurs during or after sex, it’s quite simply air trapped from repeated penetration and release – the penis creates a suction effect causing air to become trapped within. During arousal, the vagina lengthens and a woman’s uterus moves creating more air space. The fart then occurs when the walls of the vagina and uterus move back to their previous position. Simple really, but still embarrassing.
It should be noted that as women mature, their pelvic muscles naturally ‘relax’ more, meaning it may become more common for some as they get older, but luckily one can strengthen their pelvic floor muscles again.
How to prevent them :
There are a few simple ways you can try prevent them – using or increasing lubrication during sex, exercising your kegels & pelvic floor muscles, doing squats & changing your techniques. ‘Doggy-style’ for example is well known for being a queefing position.
Lubrication helps to lessen friction, which prevents the vacuum effect during vaginal intercourse, thus lessening the possibility of air building up. With lubrication making entrance and exit much smoother and easier, it can make for a much more comfortable experience all around.
Where technique is concerned, shorter strokes may make it less likely for air to become trapped, and changing positions from the usual may help too. Woman on top vs. missionary or positions where the woman’s legs are in the air will certainly make a difference.
Now onto your best cure, kegels and pelvic floor strengthening. This is one kind of exercise that you can do without even breaking a sweat & that holds many benefits.
Pelvic floor exercises aren’t a new thing either – developed in 1948 by Dr Arnold Kegel (hence ‘Kegel exercises’) who realised & highlighted the importance of strong pelvic muscles to help with prolapse, natural childbirth and in preventing or controlling stress incontinence.
So how to do them ? First locate the muscles by squeezing (as if you were giving your man a squeeze down there) – the contraction of the pelvic floor muscles will cause the clitoris to descend and the vaginal opening and anal sphincter to retract, or pull up. If this happens, you’ve got the right ones engaged. Perform your exercises three to four times a week, with eight to 12 slow strong squeezes, holding for six to eight seconds for three sets.
And, finally – when it’s a cause for concern :
If your queef has an odd or unusual smell, then you might have a condition known as Colovaginal fistula.
Colovaginal fistula is a tearing between the colon and vagina. It often occurs after surgery or child birth, and can lead to urinary tract infection and/or other complications. If you do have colovaginal fistula you’ll need to see your doctor so that it can be properly treated.
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