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Pass That Queef!

Sounds like a desert - or maybe even a quiche? Queefing is only half as cute and harmless as it sounds.

lady avoiding too much bending and to queef
To avoid queefs, don't bend over or get in an upside down position.

And, yes, it can make a sexy situation awkward right away. Learn what it is and how to keep your queef on the down-low as much as possible.

It's Not You, It's Me

To "queef" is to pass air, not gas, that has been trapped in the vaginal canal or the folds of the skin that surround a woman's vaginal opening.

While it sounds like farting this is not technically true. While it can be just as embarrassing, farts are the emission of gas that comes from the major digestive breakdown of food in our tracts. The polite vaginal tooting that happens, however is simply the release of air trapped up there.

If you've ever used your mouth to mimic farting noises - well, that's what this is. But a little south and it can be just as uncontrolled.

Is It Normal?

Vaginal "flatulence" can happen for all the most obvious reasons: insertion of a penis, a finger or two or several toys pushing their way up into the vagina - along with a healthy dose of air.

Often, during activities that cause us to strain our pelvis -- like yoga or peeing, some of that pent-up air can be released.

But vaginal flatulence can also occur after an orgasm, as a uterus shrink back to its regular size and the excess air from penetration, if there has been, is released. If you change positions frequently during penetrative sex, this can also cause the expulsion of air.

Women who are pregnant or are experiencing menopause - or are having a heavy flow day during their periods - are more prone to experience this vaginal flatulence. Vaginal moistness tends to contribute to the "poot poot poot" noise you get when the vagina is releasing air.

How to Reduce the Incidence

Horror of all horrors, this pesky vaginal "farting" only seems to happen when you're in the middle of intercourse, about to climax or while focusing hard on perfecting your handstand in yoga class. It's quiet -- except for your cute toot-toot.

Luckily, there are ways to quell the queef, so to speak. If your partner is a male engaging in penile penetration (or even digital penetration), try not to have him pull all the way out and all the way in. Instead, try shallow thrusts while leaving the tip inserted.

Positions where the woman is bent over or upside down are more likely to invite pockets of air into vagina so try and minimize this. And make sure that you're switching positions slowly. Communicating is the key with this one.

Kegel pulls for your pelvic muscles have all sorts of benefits and one is simply strengthening the muscles so that they don't expand and contract as greatly.

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