You’ve probably heard the words “queef” or “queefing” before, which is why you’re here. Maybe you already know what a queef is and you’re looking for a more in-depth breakdown, or maybe you have no idea what it is so you’re curious.
Well, if you have absolutely no what what a queef is – let’s start off there. If you’re looking for information about how to prevent queefs, we’ve got you covered, too.
What is a Queef, anyway?
Queefing (or vaginal gas) refers to the sound that comes from the vagina when a pocket of trapped air is released. It is common during sex because penetration (whether it is from a penis, fingers, or sex toy) can push air into the vagina causing it to get trapped. When the air is released, it causes a sound similar to passing gas. Unlike passing gas, however, queefing has nothing to do with your digestive system and there is no smell involved.
Other common causes of vaginal gas are exercising, stretching, and sitting with your legs crossed. Even inserting a tampon, menstrual cup, or diaphragm can trigger a queef.
Can I prevent queefing during sex?
Are you interested in learning about how to prevent queefing? You’re not alone. This is a common concern that women have. Vaginal gas is a natural bodily function and it happens to most (if not all women) so it’s really nothing to be embarrassed about.
That said, some positions are more likely to cause vaginal gas, or in other words, some sex positions make you more likely to queef. This includes any position where your pelvis is tilted upward like doggy-style or missionary with your butt propped up.
The most important thing you can do is accept that sex can be messy, noisy, and embarrassing sometimes but it’s all part of the experience – queefs and all. If your partner has an issue with you queefing, that’s just an unreasonable concern to have because queefing is totally normal.
Are queefs ever serious or dangerous?
For the most part, vaginal gas is a normal part of having a vagina and it usually isn’t a great cause for concern. However, in rare cases it can be a sign of a more serious condition so if you are concerned, it may be a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor to see what they have to say. Hey, we get it, calling up your doctor and telling them that you’re concerned about your queefs might feel embarrassing, but don’t be embarrassed – it helps to remember that your doctor has already seen it all and done it all. There’s nothing that you can bring to an experienced gynaecologist that will shock or surprise them – especially something common like this.
Here’s some more information on situations where queefing can be dangerous.
What is Vaginal Fistula?
According to Mayo Clinic, a vaginal fistula is “an abnormal opening that connects your vagina to another organ, such as your bladder, colon, or rectum”.
Vaginal fistulas are a serious problem because they can allow urine or stool to pass through to the vagina.
The most common type of vaginal fistula is called vesicovaginal fistula, which refers to a hole between the bladder and vagina. Other types of vaginal fistulas include:
- Urethrovaginal fistula: This involves the vagina and ureter(s) which are the organs that help move urine from the bladder to the kidneys.
- Colovaginal fistula: Occurs between the colon and vagina and may be a sign of diverticular disease.
- Enterovaginal fistula: Involves the small intestine and vagina.
- Rectovaginal fistula: This type occurs between the rectum and vagina and can be caused by childbirth, pelvic surgery, pelvic cancer, radiation treatment involving the pelvic area, and diseases affecting the bowel including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Utereovaginal fistula: Occurs between the uterus and urethra (the tube that transports urine out of the body).
Vaginal fistulas can develop after a serious infection, surgery, radiation treatment, or injury and require medical care. Most often, you will need to see a surgeon who will close the hole so normal function of the affected organs can be restored.
Symptoms of Vaginal Fistula
The most common symptoms of a vaginal fistula include:
- Signs of loose stool in urine
- Abdominal pain
- Pain during sex
- Recurrent vaginitis and/or urinary tract infections
- Urine or vaginal discharge with a foul odor
- Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
- Discomfort affecting the vagina and rectum
Queefing Is Normal
So, that’s what you need to know about queefing. It’s a normal thing that happens to most women. Queefing can be caused by penetration from toys, fingers, a penis, and it can even happen when you’re exercising or moving around. Queefing is typically caused by trapped air inside of you that escapes, and it makes a sound on its way out. Did you know that your vagina is basically a wind instrument? On the plus side, unlike farts that come out the other side, queefs typically don’t have a stench to them. If you are experiencing any issues with a vagina that smells, you can learn more about that here.