Queefing. For the unknowing, the word sounds like some strange brand of pot. For those in the know, queefing can be funny or embarrassing, or worse—funny and embarrassing. There’s nothing like having really good sex and then have your super sexy, porn-level grinding be drawn to a halt by the dreaded queef. If you’ve never queefed before or am not sure what I’m talking about, queefing is essentially, and in no more flowery terms, a vagina fart.

The Science Behind the Pussy Fart

Scientifically, queefing is defined as: “A trapped pocket of air getting pushed out of your vagina.” According to Dr. Winkin, also a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, “Your vagina is not a straight tube. It has folds like wrinkles called rugae. So you can imagine how air could get trapped there.”

How exactly does a queef happen? As you can imagine, it generally happens during sex, when the movement of the penis going in and out of the vagina can trap air in those folds of yours. Though it can happen in any position, I’ve noticed that I seem to let queefs out when I’m feeling particularly wet down there. However, for me, it generally happens randomly. Regardless of the fact that queefing is totally normal and nothing to be ashamed of, it still begs the question, “If it is totally normal and not medically harmful, why does a loosed queef have the ability to ruin a previously totally hot sexy session?”

In My Experience

It goes back to our discomfort about sex both individually and culturally. Furthermore, it goes back to our discomfort talking about any bodily function. We’ve all been joking about farts and pooping (at least the male half) since about second grade and we’ve never quite gotten over it. That’s why, when we’re in our teens and early twenties and becoming sexually active and we think we have it all figured out pre-queef, we inevitably let one out and then we wonder what the hell just happened.

In a perfect world, our male counterparts would also know that queefs were a normal part of being sexual, albeit, not the prettiest one. But in a perfect world, our male counterparts would also know that farting and pooping and burping are totally normal, as well, but here we are. 

So what can we do?

The best thing to do for the sexually empowered slut is to just know that queefing is totally normal, totally healthy and is legitimately just an indicator that you’re having sex, which is awesome. So the next time you’re with your guy and you slip one out, giggle about it, tell him how sexy he is and get on with it. That sex can’t be stopped for anything.