Embarrassing to say the least, vaginal wind is the butt of many a joke - but trust us, it's no laughing matter! Fanny farts have earned themselves a whole new language with terms ranging from queef or queefing, Brazilian breeze, Victory Honk, V puff, Pussy Farts and Quif.
A Fanny fart or queef is the rapid expulsion of air that that's been trapped inside the vagina. This results in a 'fart-like' sound.
What a Fanny Fart is:
- A warning sign that your pelvic floor is not in good shape and your muscle tone is weak. If muscle tone is weak, the vagina fills with air which when released causes a 'fart-like' sound. It’s a sign that your pelvic floor would benefit from pelvic floor exercises!
What a Fanny Fart is not:
- Odourous and smelly. It's not like flatulence; it is not 'gas' or 'wind' which emanates from the bowel. If there is a bad smell then this could be a sign of a vaginal or rectal fistula. A fistula is a tear between the anus and vagina through which gas from the bowel (as well as faeces) escapes into the vagina. A fistula requires specialist medical treatment and medical help should be sought.
- The sign of a vaginal infection. The urban myth that a 'fanny fart' is an infection causing the build-up of bad gas is just not true!
What Causes Fanny Farts?
A queef happens when air gets trapped inside the vagina. When you move unusually (i.e. during a yoga pose) or when your partner thrusts during sex, air is pumped into the vagina. The resulting sound is an embarrassing fart sound when the air is released!
So maybe you could just laugh it off. However this means ignoring possible pelvic floor looseness. If you often experience queefing then your pelvic floor muscles are too weak.
How to Stop Fanny Farts
- Pelvic floor exercise - Kegel8 is here to help every step of the way! By improving the tone of your muscles you will minimise 'looseness' within the vagina. We lose muscle tone as we get older, gain weight and have babies, but this is no excuse to ignore these vital muscles! Strengthening and targeted pelvic floor exercises is essential to maintain vaginal muscle tone and control of your bladder and bowels
- Choose sex positions that minimise vaginal wind - Doggy style can be a fanny fart nightmare! Usually 'woman on top' positions are good for preventing fanny farts because there's less space in the vagina, which when aroused does enlarge (sorry, that means more space for air too!). Some women report that by tensing their anus as if preventing a fart they can tense the muscles of the vagina. This minimises air pressure and the resulting embarrassment of vaginal flatulence.
- Yoga positions to stop fanny farts - Exercise is great for toning the pelvic floor, however certain yoga poses can fuel vaginal flatulence! Any inverted posture with your legs in the air creates space in the vagina as organs move downwards. This can suck air into the vagina, resulting in vaginal wind. This isn't a guaranteed vaginal flatulence cure but in 'fanny fart' prone poses keep your legs together and squeeze the anus. This helps to minimise the expansion of the vaginal walls and prevents air from being introduced.