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Have you Heard of Queefing?

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Becoming a mother is a joyous and transformative experience, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. One common issue that many postpartum women face but rarely discuss openly is postpartum queefing. The involuntary release of air from the vagina can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for some women. It often happens due to changes in the pelvic floor muscles and tissues after childbirth and can often be addressed through pelvic floor physical therapy.

Postpartum queefing, also known as vaginal flatulence, is the passage of air from the vagina, resulting in a noise similar to flatulence or a “queef” sound. This phenomenon typically occurs during physical activities like exercising, laughing, sneezing, or even during sexual intercourse. Many women find this experience embarrassing, leading them to avoid certain activities or social situations altogether.

During pregnancy and childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles undergo significant stress and stretching, which can result in weakened or overstretched pelvic floor muscles. These muscles play a crucial role in:

  •  Supporting the pelvic organs
  • Controlling bladder and bowel functions
  • Maintaining vaginal tightness. 

After childbirth, they may take some time to recover and regain their strength and tone.

Pelvic floor physical therapy (PT) is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues of the pelvic floor. It aims to improve the strength, flexibility, and coordination of these muscles to address issues such as incontinence, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction. Pelvic floor PT can be beneficial for women during their postpartum period, especially if they are experiencing issues like urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or queefing.

A trained pelvic floor physical therapist can help women by:

1. Assessing the pelvic floor muscles and identifying any weaknesses or imbalances.

2. Providing targeted exercises to strengthen and tone the pelvic floor muscles.

3. Teaching relaxation techniques for the pelvic floor muscles to help reduce tension and pain.

4. Offering guidance on proper posture and body mechanics to support the pelvic floor.

5. Educating on lifestyle and behavioral changes that can positively impact pelvic floor health.

If you are experiencing queefing or other pelvic floor-related issues postpartum, consider consulting a pelvic floor physical therapist. Here at Legacy Physical Therapy we can create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs and help you recover and regain control over your pelvic floor function, call us to talk to a therapist on the phone and discuss your symptoms!