In the middle of sex, exercising or yoga — BOOM, out of nowhere, your vagina lets out air & you’re confused, but mostly embarrassed because you have no idea what just happened. You’re certain it’s not fart, but who’s gon believe you?! Sister girl, you’ve just queefed! Be rest assured that it’s normal and nothing to worry* or be embarrassed about.
Queef pronounced /kweef/
AKA Vaginal flatulence is the expulsion of air or gas from the vagina. Now, you’re wondering how air got trapped in your vagina. During sex (partnered or solo), the movement of the penis and/or sex toys in and out of the vagina can sometimes cause air to enter and then become trapped. When your muscles tense from an orgasm or when the penis or sex toy is removed, the gas will then be released. This can cause an odorless noise and feel like bubbles.
Okay, I get why it can happen during sex. Why am I queefing in my yoga/exercise class? Queefs are particularly common in yoga/exercise because you’re moving your body in and out of various positions. It happens most often when coming out of an inversion.
Did I hear a sigh of relief? 😉 Now that you know that queefing is a normal, albeit annoying, bodily function, you should also note that it’s a very common experience among vagina owners. If you queef during partnered sex, you could try acknowledging and educating your partner(s). This will likely eliminate any awkward feelings.
Well okay, but what about during a yoga/exercise class? When this happens, remember that most people are not paying nearly as much attention to you as you think they might be and likely will not even notice. If you you feel otherwise, you can, out of courtesy apologize. I usually just move on really.
Regardless of when a queef happens, the best thing you can do is move on and don’t let it ruin your experience or day.
*In some rare cases, a queef can be a sign of a more serious medical condition or issue that needs addressing. If you sense that it is, please see a doctor.