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Passing Wind from the Vagina

What was that embarrassing noise?

Some women talk about it happening during a yoga class. Other women talk about it happening during sex. Whenever it happens, it can be pretty embarrassing. When a woman passes wind from the vagina, it can be noisy! It is usually extremely difficult to control, and almost always happens with a sudden change in position, when air that has been able to get into the vagina suddenly gets released due to a change in the pressure within the pelvis.

While some women giggle about what has been called ‘’fanny farts’’, many women are mortified by it. Some women tell me that they can’t go to yoga at certain times of their menstrual cycle for fear of this happening. Others dread the possibility of this happening during intercourse, and feel embarrassed even when with a long-time partner.

Vaginal wind is due to air being suddenly expelled from the vagina. Generally, this only happens if there is ‘’low tone’’ – that is, too much flexibility – in the tissue of the vagina and the vaginal entrance. It is very common in the months after childbirth, before the vagina has had a chance to ‘’tighten up’’ a bit. With some women, it can persist permanently after childbirth, and some women who have never had children experience it too.

There is one great solution to this: work on your pelvic floor! Tightening the muscles of the pelvic floor can reduce or eliminate this embarrassing tendency. See the Blog Posts on ‘’Top Ten Pelvic Floor Mistakes’’ to make sure you are doing yours right!

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