Vaginal flatulence, also known as a “queef,” is an emission of trapped air from the vagina. A queef produces a sound that’s similar to anal flatulence, but vaginal flatulence doesn’t have a specific odour. While often embarrassing, vaginal flatulence is typically considered normal and doesn’t pose any health risks. However, it may be a symptom of a medical condition that will need to be treated.

Below are instances women report experiencing vagina flatulence.

  • Sexual activity

During sexual activity, air can easily become trapped inside the vagina. When the vagina is aroused during sexual intercourse, it expands and contracts allowing air to get into it. When the penis or any other object is inserted into there is a chance of air entering into the vagina. In case you hear a sound like flatulence coming out of your vagina during sex, do not panic there is probably a trapped air coming out.

  • Pelvic Examination

Most often, women experience vagina flatulence during pelvic examination.  When a health professional inserts a speculum (a device, health professionals use to see inside the vagina). To examine your pelvic or take a swab from your vagina for a test, air can trap inside and flatulence can occur. The air may release gradually or quickly creating a sound like a flatulence. It may cause some embarrassment but it is not considered to be harmful.

  • Exercising or Stretching

During exercise, the movement of the legs and other parts of the body cause air to become trapped inside the vagina. Most women often report vagina flatulence during certain physical activities such as yoga and gym. When this happens during exercise, it meant no harm. The flatulence will stop immediately the exercise is stopped.

  • Feminine hygiene products

Products that are inserted into the vagina, such as tampons and menstrual cups, can allow air bubbles to become trapped inside the body. This air can escape when the product is removed. Experiencing vaginal flatulence when using such devices is not considered harmful. 

  • Vagina Fistula

A vaginal fistula is described as a hole in your vagina that connects to another organ such as your bladder, colon or rectum. Since there is a hole that connects your vagina to your bladder or rectum, it allows stool(faeces), or urine to pass through your vagina. This medical condition can allow air to be trapped inside your vagina subsequently leading to vagina flatulence. This is a common medical cause of vagina flatulence.

Prevention of Vagina Flatulence

In many cases, there are no real ways to prevent vaginal flatulence. Usually, the symptoms of vaginal flatulence are the noise and sensation of trapped air leaving the vagina, which is painless and odourless. 

  1. If vaginal gas does not go away naturally, squatting down, especially whiles urinating can help trapped gas escape.
  2. You experience vagina gas frequently during sexual intercourse, try changing your sex style. Doggy sex style has been identified to produce vaginal flatulence during sex.
  3. Avoiding the use of tampons may also help reduce vaginal flatulence if, it is the cause.
  4. The well-known Kegel exercises are known to improve the strength of the pelvic and may also reduce the likelihood of vaginal flatulence.

 If you are experiencing vagina flatulence without engaging in sexual intercourse, exercise, pregnancy, putting an object in your vagina then you need medical attention.

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The article was written by Godfrey Yeboah Amoah and published at

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah
Godfrey Yeboah Amoah

 Godfrey Yeboah Amoah is a reproductive health and rights activist and the founder of Vagicare Konsult. A medical Laboratory scientist by profession and specialty in population and health, Godfrey combines his professional knowledge, experience and specialty to educate females on quality reproductive health practices.

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