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Queef

Updated: MARCH 16, 2022
Reviewed by Kinkly Staff
on March 15, 2022

A queef occurs when air is expelled from the vagina, often making a sound similar to flatulence. Unlike what's most commonly called a "fart," what is expelled as a queef is simply air and not intestinal gas. When air gets in it must come out, so queefs are most common during intercourse or during certain physical activities like yoga and pilates. During intercourse, the further the penis is withdrawn, the more likely it is that air will be forced out when the penis is thrust back in, leading to a queef. Certain sex positions can also trigger more queefing for some people.

During yoga or pilates, queefs most often occur when coming out of positions where the legs are spread wide to allow air into the vagina, such as a wide-legged forward bend or an inverted pose like shoulder stand.

A queef is also known as a vaginal fart, pussy fart or vart. It may also be called a vegan fart or a fanny fart.

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More About Queef

Queefs just happen and while they may be embarrassing, there isn't a lot that can be done to prevent them. Unlike flatulence, which can be held in, there is no holding in a queef. Although there is limited research around the concept of queefing, there is some evidence that pelvic organ prolapse can contribute to queefing. This often occurs as a result of the pressure put on the pelvic muscles during pregnancy and childbirth, but can also just be due to general pelvic floor weakness. Strengthening the pelvic floor through Kegel exercises may help.

In rare instances, queefing can be caused by a vaginal fistula. This would typically be accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms, including frequent UTIs, painful sex and unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge.

Although queefs are a source of embarrassment for many people, others are proud of their queefs and practice making them happen. A 2007 episode of the "Howard Stern Show" featured a "Queef Off" between two "master queefers."

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