What causes vaginal farts?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Vaginal farts are much more common than you may think. It’s just that people are too afraid to talk about it. It can happen with exercise, sex, and with sudden movements like getting out of a chair. First of all, it’s nothing to worry about. It’s just embarrassing. One concern would be a tear or opening in the vaginal region; however, if that were the case, vaginal farting would be the last of your troubles. You’d know if something more serious is going on.

Next, it’s important to understand that a rectal fart is different from a vaginal fart. With the former, the air that leaves originate from within the GI tract or from swallowed air. However, during the latter, the vaginal walls expand, pulling in lots of air. When it collapses back down, the air gets expelled and creates a fart-like sound. Vaginal farts are usually odorless.

To get rid of them, performing exercises like squats or Kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic muscles and help keep the vaginal walls from expanding.

In this video, Dr. Oz and gynecologist Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, discuss why women can experience vaginal farting.

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