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Passing Air Vaginally after Hysterectomy

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Why am I experiencing air coming from my vagina?Why am I experiencing air coming from my vagina?

Many HysterSisters have reported experiencing air passing through their vagina following their hysterectomy. In most cases, it is not a problem and should resolve in time. Some women refer to the phenomena as vaginal flatulence or use the slang term queefing.

Intercourse, exercise, and certain stretches can cause air to enter the vagina. Air may also enter the vagina when a speculum or other instruments are inserted for a pelvic exam or during part of your hysterectomy. That air can then escape similarly to a flatulence though without an odor as it is not the result of gas.

There are also some complications which can lead to air passing through the vagina. A vaginal cuff dehiscence (tear), vaginal fistula, or pelvic floor weakness may cause air to pass from the vagina.

If along with vaginal air you have any of the following symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor as soon as possible:
  • Odor
  • Discharge
  • Feces in the vagina
  • Infection
  • Genital soreness
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Pressure
Though passing gas vaginally may be embarrassing and even cause noise, usually it is not health risk. However, it is best to talk to your doctor to be sure all is well with you and you are not experiencing a complication.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-15-2015 - 06:57 PM


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