So, you're switching from missionary to doggy style when your body emits a noise that sounds like you stashed a whoopee cushion in your vagina. Or as you settle into downward dog and your ass is pointing skyward, an extremely rude-seeming sound slips out. Don't feel embarrassed. Bodies are cool and weird, and sometimes they make noises at inopportune times. Your vagina does not care what you're up to, she's going to do whatever she wants. It's admirable, really, even though it can be annoying in the moment. A queef is the sound air makes when it gets displaced or otherwise forced out of the vagina.
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What is queefing? Queefing refers to the release of air from the vagina. The vagina is a tube that has an ending composed of folds called "rugae," Jones explains. You have a queef. If queefing involves air coming out of the vagina, your next question might be: How exactly does air get inside in the first place? A literature review led by Hedwig Neels suggested that queefing usually occurs when the muscles around our reproductive organs are relaxed, therefore enabling more air to enter the vagina. According to an Iranian study , this is most likely during penetrative sex, although it can also happen during fingering and oral sex. Also, exercise activities that involve posture changes e. Certain body positions relax the muscles more—doggy-style in the bedroom and the downward-facing dog in yoga class are believed to be primary queef-enablers. Is queefing healthy?
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But while queefs do produce a toot-like sound, we can assure you that queefing is not the same as passing gas. Queefing is an involuntary bodily function that occurs when air is pushed into the vagina, gets temporarily trapped in the folds of the vaginal canal called rugae and is then released. Certain sex positions, like doggy style where your pelvis is titled upwards, or abruptly switching from one position to another, may increase the likelihood of queefing. Even non-sexual activities, like putting in a tampon or menstrual cup, practicing yoga like when you move out of an inversion pose or your gyno inserting a speculum can lead to queefing. While the gas that comes out of your rectum may have a foul odor a result of bacterial activity in the gut , queefs are odorless, Hoppe added. Women who have previously given birth, in particular, may be more prone to queefing because pregnancy and childbirth can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. By strengthening those muscles via exercises like Kegels , you may be able to reduce your odds of queefing, Hoppe said. And in theory, you could just avoid certain sex or yoga positions altogether.
Let's clear one thing up right away: queefs or is it plural queeves? The clear and obvious distinction is that a fart is gas coming out of your butt and queef describes the lil sound of air rushing out of your vagina. Still, the two air poofs share a lot in common—they have similar sounds, come from the same general region, and are both unwelcome in the throes of sex. But that doesn't mean they can't both happen, mid-bone. Queefing at the height of passion happens to everyone with a vagina at some point or another—I'm sorry, it's just the laws of physics. So that's the first bit of good news! The other good news re: queefs is that there are things you can do to lessen the risk of a vaginal toot. While they sound uncannily like a fart, queefs aren't that at all. Your smelliest smelly farts are the result of bacteria breaking down and being released as gas during the process of digestion, and then escaping your bod in the form of a little toot.