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Vaginal Wind Is Not Like Having Wind In Your Sails!

February 19, 2016

It is not uncommon for women to ask me about passing gas from their vaginas.  This situation goes by many names: vaginal farts, vaginal flatus, fanny farts, vaginal wind just to name a few.  The technical term is referred to as queefing.

What causes vaginal wind?

During sexual intimacy air is pushed into the vagina. Air enters the vagina not only during sex but also at the time of a speculum inserted into the vagina during a pelvic exam or with the insertion of a tampon. Air can also be pulled into the vagina during some kinds of exercise including Pilates.

If you push air in, it has to come out. And, as it escapes, it makes that characteristic sound of air coming out any small orifice such as the rectum. The difference is that vaginal wind does not have any odor like flatulence from the rectum which has an odor because of the methane gas in the colon.  Sometimes vaginal wind can happen right after the air’s been pushed in, sometimes it can be a while later when things like laughing, coughing or walking force the air out. 

Solving the problem

If you want to reduce vaginal wind during sex, avoid lots of deep and fast penetration. If you’re using sex toys with a wide girth you may want to avoid these if they’re making noise after they are inserted.

When to seek doctor’s advice

Fanny farts are very normal and not a sign there’s something wrong. However, seek medical advice if you have vaginal or abdominal pain during and after sex, notice your vagina smells bad, or there’s an unusual vaginal discharge. Particularly if you’ve recently had colorectal, bowel or gynaecological surgery, or have had a baby.

You also need a medical opinion if you’re leaking urine outside of urination, or notice fecal material inside your vagina as this might indicate a connection between the urinary tract and the gastrointestinal tract.

Bottom Line:  Vaginal wind is almost never a condition requiring treatment or therapy.  Yes, it may be a source of embarrassment but should be considered in a light hearted fashion and a source of humor not a hygienic problem.

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It’s Safe To Turn On Your Cell Phone-You Won’t Get a Brain Tumor

July 18, 2011

There’s been a lot of media attention about the risk of developing a brain tumor if you excessively use a cell phone. The Danes have come to relieve our anxiety about the use of cell phones. A study of more than 2.8 million Danish adults found that those who’d used a cell phone for 11 to 15 years were no more likely than newer users or non-users to develop an acoustic neuroma which are slow-growing tumors that from the nerves in the inner ear to the brain. The symptoms of an acoustic nueroma incude ringing in the ears, dizziness and balance problems; in a small number of cases, they can grow large enough to press against the brain and become life-threatening.
Acoustic neuromas grow in the area of the brain where greater energy emitted from the cell phones is absorbed, compared to other areas of the brain.
Doctors might expect that if cell phones were a cause of brain tumors, people who’ve used them for a long time might have an increased risk of acoustic neuroma — especially on the side where they typically hold their phone. But the study reported in the recent issue of Journal of Epidemiology did not bear out this assumption. Among the nearly three million Danish adults for whom they had data, just over 800 were diagnosed with acoustic neuroma between 1998 and 2006. And those who’d used cell phones the longest — at least 11 years — had no greater risk than shorter-term users or non-users.
Also there was no indication that long-term cell users had larger-than-expected tumors. Nor did they have a tendency to develop acoustic neuromas on the right side, where most held their phone. Many researchers believe that the radiofrequency waves from cell phones are not capable of causing tumors.
Bottom Line: The jury is out on the relationship between cell phone use and brain tumors. I plan to continue using mine on a regular basis. I’ll let you if I have trouble hearing or ringing in my ears!