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Vaginal flatulence

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Vaginal flatulence is an emission or expulsion of air from the vagina. It may occur during or after sexual intercourse or during other sexual acts, stretching or exercise. The sound is often comparable to flatulence from the anus, but does not involve waste gases, and thus often does not have a specific odor associated. Slang terms for vaginal flatulence include queef,[1][2] vart, and fanny fart (mostly British).[3][4]

More serious conditions

Vaginal gas with a strong odor of fecal matter may be a result of colovaginal fistula, a serious condition involving a tear between the vagina and colon, which can result from surgery, child birth, diseases (such as Crohn's disease), or other causes.[5] This condition can lead to urinary tract infection and other complications. Vaginal gas can also be a symptom of an internal female genital prolapse,[6] a condition most often caused by childbirth.[7]

Puffs or small amounts of air passed into the vaginal cavity during cunnilingus are not known to cause any issues. However, "forcing" or purposely blowing air at force into the vaginal cavity can cause an air embolism, which in very rare cases can be dangerous for the woman, and if pregnant, for the fetus.[8]


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  2. ^ "Lexicon of Lust". Playgirl. December 2004.
  3. ^ "fanny fart". Macquarie Dictionary Online.
  4. ^ Bletchley, Rachael (28 August 2005). "Dear Rachael : Our wild sex but no hugs". The People.
  5. ^ Martinez, Michael, M.D.; Dogra, Vikram, M.D. (2001). "Case Two-hundred Twenty Eight - Colovaginal Fistula". - Body Imaging Teaching Files. Archived from the original on June 14, 2002.
  6. ^ "Correct assessment of prolapse essential". Medical Tribune. Malaysia: MediMedia Asia. 15 April 2003. Archived from the original on 29 March 2004.
  7. ^ Healthwise, Incorporated (2005). "Vaginal problems and female genital prolapse".
  8. ^ Wright, Janis (September 15, 2003). "Pregnancy: Prenatal Care". American Family Physician. American Academy of Family Physicians. 68 (6): 1165–1167.

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