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Why Does My Vagina Fart

by Kristin Beck
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Why Does My Vagina Fart

Why Does My Vagina Fart

“It’s not your imagination — you really do stink up your bedroom with each passing day. And while we might think of body odor as stinky man smell, it’s women who are responsible for the majority of body odor complaints. That’s because women have more sweat glands than men, so they’re much better at producing pungent aromas from perspiration. But what if there was another reason why we all smell? What if our bodies were releasing smelly gasses through our vaginas?
Yes, it sounds like something straight out of an episode of “”The Big Bang Theory”” but it’s true. We produce small amounts of flatus regularly throughout the day, especially after eating foods rich in fiber and fats. When this occurs inside the vagina, it results in what sounds like a fart noise (or a burp, technically) coming out of the vagina. This phenomenon has been referred to by many names including queefing, belching, burping, farting, farts, fart noises and burps [sources: Mayo Clinic; WebMD]. The term queef comes from the Yiddish word quatschen, which means to vomit or regurgitate food.
But despite the fact that most people know about this process taking place within their own nether regions, some still aren’t sure exactly how this works. So let’s take a look at how this happens.
First things first, let’s talk about the different types of smells associated with these flatulence noises occurring. There are two main categories of smells associated with these noises: sulfuric smells and skunky smells. Sulfuric smells come from gases produced during digestion. Skunkier smells result from bacteria breaking down protein in the intestinal tract. While both types of smells may be unpleasant, they are actually natural bodily processes that help break down food. In other words, you don’t need to worry about getting sick just because you’ve had dinner. You’ll probably want to give yourself a good shower later though, since you might have some unexpected guests stopping by.
So what causes them? Read on to find out!
Vaginal Gas Explained

When does it happen? How do you stop it?

What should you avoid doing?

Vaginal Gas Explained
We all know that flatulence is caused by excess air being trapped in the large intestine. It then passes through the colon where digestive enzymes break down the carbon dioxide molecules. As long as this doesn’t occur, no flatus will escape. However, once some of the carbon dioxide molecules make it past the stomach acid barrier and enter the bloodstream, they end up making it to the lungs where oxygen binds to them creating carbon dioxide. Once the carbon dioxide reaches the intestines, it forms bubbles filled with nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide (the rotten egg smell), methane (which produces the farty smell) and carbon dioxide. These bubbles form when the amount of carbon dioxide exceeds the amount of hydrogen available in the fluid.
However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, because of changes in diet or health factors such as diabetes, certain conditions can lead to excessive amounts of hydrogen in the system. For example, when a person consumes too much grain such as bread, rice, pasta or corn, the sugars present in these grains act as fuel for yeast cells. Yeast cells consume the sugar and release hydrogen. If the yeast cell count increases in the intestinal track, the hydrogen can become concentrated enough to create bubbles. This type of condition is called bacterial overgrowth and affects approximately 10 percent of Americans. Other possible reasons include hormonal changes, infections, irritable bowel syndrome and even medication use.
You probably already know that exercise can increase flatulence, but did you know that having sex can cause it too? Let’s take a closer look at this next.
When does it happen? How do you stop it?
Flatulence can happen anytime, anywhere — even right before going to sleep. Because the stomach sends signals to the brain via hormones, it’s easy to see how stress and fatigue can affect flatulence production. Fatigue can make us feel lethargic, tired or full of energy. Stress can also make us feel anxious, angry or upset. Both of these situations could trigger the release of hormones that activate the muscles surrounding the rectum and anus, causing muscle contractions and resulting in the expulsion of flatus. Exercising can also stimulate the same area, leading to increased flatulence. Sex can also trigger the release of flatus, depending on the position and type of intercourse. Women tend to fart more often during sexual activity than men because the pelvic floor muscle relaxes during intercourse allowing more room for flatus to pass. Men usually experience less flatulence due to the fact that they typically sit upright during intercourse.
While you can’t completely eliminate flatulence from happening, you can try to control it. Eating foods high in dietary fiber and avoiding foods that contain a lot of fat can reduce the amount of flatus expelled. Drinking plenty of water helps keep everything moving along smoothly. Foods containing fiber and water absorbency can help soften fecal matter and prevent any clumping from forming. Avoiding spicy foods and alcohol consumption can also decrease flatulence. Finally, wearing loose clothing makes it easier for the flatus to move around. Loose-fitting pants made of breathable fabric allow moisture to evaporate quickly, preventing the build-up of moisture that creates the perfect environment for bacteria growth.
For those concerned about whether this whole process is normal, read on to learn what you should be aware of.
If you suffer from constipation, it’s important to note that the opposite is also true. Constipation causes hard lumps of stool to accumulate in the lower region of the gastrointestinal tract. Hard lumps of stool can block the flow of waste material, preventing the movement of feces toward the exit. Symptoms of constipation include straining upon defecation, painful bowel movements, bloating, abdominal pain, cramps, nausea and diarrhea.
What should you avoid doing?
Now that we understand what causes flatulence, it’s time to figure out what you shouldn’t be doing to avoid it.
One thing you definitely should be doing to avoid flatulence is sleeping. During sleep, the muscles that surround the anal sphincter and rectum are relaxed, meaning that anything left behind from the previous night’s bowel movement won’t be expelled. Therefore, when you wake up in the morning, you may notice some remaining solid wastes that haven’t passed yet. To avoid this, try using a toilet paper roll to wipe off the front of your underwear. Also, be sure to empty your bowels prior to retiring for the evening.
Another big culprit of flatulence is coffee. Coffee contains caffeine, a stimulant that keeps you awake. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Unfortunately, this leads to the stimulation of the digestive system as well. Caffeinated drinks can cause flatulence because they encourage the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Carbonated beverages are particularly problematic because they contain carbon dioxide, which can combine with the hydrogen found in the digestive tract to create the dreaded fart bubble.
Exercise can cause flatulence; however, it can also aid in weight loss and promote overall good health. Just be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy snacks between meals to avoid dehydration and unhealthy cravings.”

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