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embarrasing yoga related question

has anyone experienced vaginal farting during a yoga practice? I know that sounds so stupid but it happens to me and sometimes loud and uncontrollably. I notice it especially just before or just after my periods. I'm not joking or trying to be crude. Seriously. What can I do about it. Makes me avoid going to classes because it's sooo embarrasing.

Fri. Oct 6, 1:38pm

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I've had this problem.. it's just the muscles loosening and letting air in and then when you contract pushing it out. Try to stay firm the entire time.. don't do too many positions where a lot of muscles in the pelvic region are contracting.. trust me you're not alone.

Friday, October 06, 2006, 1:48 PM

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I've never experienced it during yoga, but I used to like hanging upside down on an inversion rack to align my hips, and dear god, so much wind came out of "there" that I was surprised there was room for any organs! At least it's pretty quiet compared to the usual wind exit.

Friday, October 06, 2006, 1:58 PM

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LOL!! I know exactly what you mean! I'm so glad I'm not alone!

Friday, October 06, 2006, 3:00 PM

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would a tampon help?

Friday, October 06, 2006, 3:02 PM

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^^ as I read that I just had the mental image of a tampon, propelled by a powerful vaginal fart, shooting across a roomful of women doing 'downward-facing-dog' - LOL!!

No you are not alone, but never really figured out anything that will make it stop - fortunately mine are quiet, just distracting!

Friday, October 06, 2006, 3:31 PM

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Yes, quiet usually but not always. Once I was doing hand stands against the wall with my kids and when I finally put my feet back down on the ground...well... my husband all looked at me strangely and my 3 year old said "Mom, was that you!?"

Friday, October 06, 2006, 4:42 PM

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i find that if you engage your "kegels" that controls the air

Friday, October 06, 2006, 5:41 PM

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OMG, this is so very funny. I laughed so hard I cried. My husband asked what I was laughing at and I showed him the thread, he laughed to. Not at anyone but hopefully with you. It is very funny. I know when I was pregnant I had so much gas all the time. It got to the point that if I bent down or laughed I would fart. Not quietly either. Puffys are just funny business. I'm the person in the public restroom that if I hear someone fart loudly chances are I laugh, if I try holding it in it gets worse.

Saturday, October 07, 2006, 2:35 AM

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Wow. Had no idea I'd get so many responses to my question. I don't feel so alone. Actually it didn't really used to happen to me before I had children, but now that I have I get those farts so much. And mine are so loud. Gotten to where I don't go to a class the week before or the few days after my period. That's when it happens to me. Really I think it is a healthy sign. Like my body is releasing some stale air or something. It is a self cleaning organ, afterall. Means things are moving around like they should? LOL

Saturday, October 07, 2006, 10:26 AM

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OMG I am home alone and the thought of that tampon shooting across the room I can't stop laughing.The dog stood up out of a sleep and is starring at me as if to say what is wrong with you? A lady next to me on one side did have some noisy issues going on and i felt so bad for her i wanted to say oh that happens with yoga its natural but i didn't and then the girl on the other side of me turned and looked at her and i was hoping she didn't think i did it. LOL.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 4:53 PM

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I have experienced this during s e x Even more embarrasing and distracting!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 11:03 AM

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our bodies are such strange things, no?! haha!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 1:20 PM

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This is usually related to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Several factors can contribute (age, being overweight, childbirth). The good news is that they can be exercised like any other muscle group. Try doing a search for "Kegel Exercises" as mentioned in a previous post. These are usually simple, repetitions of concentrated muscle contractions in the pelvic area. If you don't know the muscles to target, try momentarly stoppping the flow of urine the next time you go to the bathroom (not recommended to do regularly, but I don't suppose anyone would want to, so I shouldn't have to tell you that!). The muscles you use to do this are the ones you're after. The exercises help, but weight is also a factor. As you lose, the problem should become less apparent. I recommend the exercises for any woman as the are not strenuous and have the added benefits of reducing incontinance and increasing sensation during sex. Alternatively, there are products that may be inserted like a tampon, but are really (lightly) weighted balls incased (in the better quality varieties) in medical grade silicone. The weight combined with the movement of the balls as you go through the day act as a strengthening tool for the pelvic floor muscles. You may find these in health stores, but they are also marketed in adult stores as the sensation they provide is subtle yet pleasant. Hope this helps. The above has worked for me, so this is the voice of experience!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 8:04 PM

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I purchased those balls but havent tried them :o\

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 11:45 AM

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I don't think i can go to yoga tonight wearing a tampon and keep my composure!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 6:19 PM

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What about wearing a tampon during class? They may help the air from going in and being pushed back out.

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 7:29 PM

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do NOT wear tampons unless you're on your period. Are you guys serious? Talk about survival of the fittest/Darwin awards. Enjoy your Toxic Shock Syndrome, ladies.

Friday, October 20, 2006, 10:30 PM

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Oh please, we could probably count the number of toxic shock incidents on one hand in the last 50 years. The chances of this actually happening are so incredibly small. You have a 99% higher chance of having a car accident on the way to class.

Friday, October 20, 2006, 11:40 PM

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or a 99% higher chance of vaginal farts during yoga.

Saturday, October 21, 2006, 9:11 AM

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i agree with 10:30. wearing tampons is horrible unless you're on your period. you guys have got to be kidding.

but i always can press on my belly and squeeze the air out... maybe do it before class to make sure it's not there to start with. and it may possible just be leftover from recent "relations" ;)

Sunday, October 22, 2006, 12:50 AM

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I always figured it was just a part of being active and fit. Not because of weak muscles. I used to have this happen when I was a young and very athletic gymnast. But only during the few days after as my period was ending. Now that I'm older, have had babies, don't have my gymnast six pack anymore, and am heavier, it does happen more often but still mostly just before or just after my period. I think it happens during activities like yoga because of the twisting, bending, inverting that goes on during a practice. In other words, it isn't necessarily something wrong but part of the benefits of yoga. Toning the organs, expelling air, that kind of thing. And I can see how it would happen more after someone has had babies and maybe there is less muscle tone there. Kegals and continued yoga practice would probably help as well as anything that makes the core stronger, like pilates.

Monday, October 23, 2006, 10:59 AM

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Can you really get Toxic Shock Syndrome from wearing a tampon for 60 min?

Monday, October 23, 2006, 7:53 PM

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it is possible-you should never wear a tampon unless you actively have you period and then you need to make sure you aren't using too high of an absorbency. yes TSS is rare but the bacteria still exist and if you create an environment where they can thrive . . .you're just playing w/ fire.

Also-wearing a tampon when you are not bleeding can "dry" out the membranes inside your vagina and cause microscopic tears in the walls when you remove it-which can make one more susceptible to infections and the likelihood of contracting an STD.

i would talk to your teacher after class sometime and ask her or him about your problem and if they know of this happening to other students. perhaps there is a yoga pose that would help w/ the sound your body makes during class.

Monday, October 23, 2006, 9:31 PM

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Omg!! I remember seeing this thread last year and as someone who does a lot of yoga, I was fascinated . . .but mostly because I had never experienced this! Well, I have no clue what is going on but in the last few months anytime I go into shoulder stand or plow position (and coming out of the positions too!) this happens to me! I'm in the best shape of my life and my kegel muscles are well toned so I'm not sure what is causing it. I find that if I move more slowly in and out of the position I can control the sound more but I'm definitely mortified when it happens. Thank god this seems to be pretty common among women!!!

Sunday, November 04, 2007, 10:55 PM

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I was having the same issue, so embarressing and my doctor recommending wearing a tampon also. It is not dangerous unless you were wearing it for hours and hours. The tampon works.

Trust me nothing is more embarressing and you have zero control over it once it starts : )

Monday, November 05, 2007, 10:19 AM

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lol I just had a mental image of the tampon being violently pushed out by a vaginal fart XD

but then i thought, they're wearing yoga pants/shorts.

which made me thing of it actually RIPPING through the pants, smoke, tampon, vaginal fart and all XD which made me choke on my sandwhich teehee

Monday, November 05, 2007, 11:46 AM

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OMG this sounds horrible! Is there also an odor, like with a butt fart?????

Monday, November 05, 2007, 11:46 AM

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Well, it I ever thought I'd like to try yoga, this has completly convinced me that I have reason NOT to. LOL. Funny what you learn on here!

Monday, November 05, 2007, 11:49 AM

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one of the many blessings of having three kids : ) no of course it doesn't smell, it is just a air pocket that captures air and releases as needed.

Monday, November 05, 2007, 2:41 PM

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to 11:46 - EEEWWWW!!!

Monday, November 05, 2007, 2:56 PM

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That would be a female sheep!

Monday, November 05, 2007, 5:28 PM

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embarrasing yoga related question

I've got the same problem. I got a set of SmartBalls made by funfactory, they do the job. But a word of caution, they're biger than they'd be, they still do the job though.


Sunday, February 10, 2008, 11:08 AM

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I get this too, really loud when i do gymnastics (just on bar though). I dont know what to do cause im only 12, and dont even have my period yet, so its not todo with that.


Saturday, January 10, 2009, 6:43 AM

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Hum? 11:08 am But, don't wear the funfactory ball during yoga, right? I think those really could shoot out. How could you explain it if it happened?

Maybe if you put a little Vaseline or KY on the tampon? It wouldn't be dry. And it might actually work.

This was the funniest thread, ever.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 1:32 AM

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I believe the not-so politically correct term is "qweef"

oh i hate these - i get them a couple days after my period and sometimes during intimate exchanges.. HELLO. so embarassing.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 2:01 AM

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This happens to me during shoulder stand and plow. It's so embarassing that I just don't do those positions. I lied and told my yoga instructor that those positions aggravate an old neck injury. It doesn't happen when I do other inversions.

Monday, January 12, 2009, 10:06 AM

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vaginal farts

I am just wondering if maybe there is something wrong with me, when I have vagina farts they have a really awful odor. It smells like something died, and kinda has a fishy odor. I also have these nasty little sores, I have no idea where they came from, or how to get rid of them. Does anyone else have this problem?
Please Help

Wednesday, April 01, 2009, 2:07 AM

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2:07 - get yourself to a ob/gyn ASAP.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009, 7:33 AM

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Wow wow,
i recently joined yoga, last wednesday was my second class, it's a great 2 hour hatha yoga and i really enjoy it so far... until.. the "sound" how awful, especially since we don't listen to music, evrything was quite and they sounded more like air passing so im not sure if anyone heard, but i tried to make light of the situation and ignored what happened. Well actually i pretended i was light headed and sat the last 10 minutes out. but it's really a bummer and i don't want to go through this when yoga is the one thing i can do a week to relax. I was thinking of possibly wearing a tampon and hopefully that would work.

Friday, October 16, 2009, 3:35 PM

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haha gonna bump this thread. ive had this a lot of times during yoga, in and out of a headstand especially. once my teacher was helping me with my headstand when it happened, 'whoops!' she said. so embarressing. also get it a lot after sex, i tend to scream out with a red face- it was a fannny fart! cuz i think a smelly butt fart is more embarressing. ah

Saturday, September 04, 2010, 6:44 AM

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This is the funniest thread I've ever seen here. Or anywhere, for that matter.

Saturday, September 04, 2010, 10:46 AM

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omg, i have found this thread a few times before, and forgotten about it, but managed to come back and laugh even harder for finding it again. It definitely happens to me. While I don't do yoga, I think it's because of sheer terror of farting (either way).. I'm so gassy as is that I'm afraid I'd kill who would ever be behind me, and they'd eternally terrorize me for gassing them out!!! HAHHAA

Tuesday, November 09, 2010, 1:47 PM

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Well... Thank god I am not alone. I think it is probably natural for some women but probably happens more with ones who have had kids or have prolapse. Anyway I was thinking tampon too but not very comfortable. Has anyone ever tried Instead? They take the place of tampons and if you use them right they are amazing, forget it is there. I am going to try thus because I can't handle it! I wish they would turn on or up the music!!!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 11:00 PM

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I am also glad I am not the only person this happens to! I practice Sivanada yoga at home everyday. It seems to only happen to me when inverting and moving my legs around. So the comment about muscles relating somewhere in there seems to be correct. I am always amazed how much air is in there!!! Does it just stay in there if someone doesn't get into positions to let it out?!

Friday, December 03, 2010, 3:47 PM

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Tried instead

So I actually tried the instead yesterday and it was alot better but still not gone! I guess I will try a tampon next. I am new to yoga and am scared to try new poses especially shoulder stand! Men in the class also so I would be doubly mortified!!!!!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 9:09 PM

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By the way I have very strong pelvic muscles since I saw a pelvic PT to strengthen them and by NO jeans am I overweight so that can't be the reason! And some of these women have never had kids... Some of us are just lucky!Haha

Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 9:12 PM

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embrarrasing yoga

Yes it happened to me too!
Totally embarrasing but I just hope everyone forgets before my next class, as I just love yoga and am not going to let it stop me!
I have also had 2 children by vaginal birth and it seems worse near to my period.
Interesting that it does not seem to happen to the others in my class, but thank goodness its not only me.
I will do more kegels and try the tampon trick too I think.
Good luck.
They are just bodies afer all!!?

Monday, December 12, 2011, 9:11 PM

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