7 Things You Never Thought You Needed To Know About Queefing

Where were you the first time you heard the word “queef” used in normal conversation?

I’m asking only because I distinctly remember exactly where I was when it happened to me–in my eighth grade English class. My friend–or, you know, a friend in the “knowing each other from class” sense–Matt leaned over to me and whispered in my ear.

“Psst. Sara,” he said. “Do you know what a ‘queef’ is?”

I did not.

“That’s what I thought,” Matt said, marking a notch on a piece of paper on which, I could see, he had a list of all the girls in our class and whether or not they knew what the word “queef” meant. “It’s a vagina fart, by the way,” he said. With that, he turned to the next girl on the list.

That isn’t real, I thought to myself. It can’t be. But when I got home from school, I googled it, just to check. Sure enough, I found out that “queef” really did mean “vagina fart,” or something close to it. Who says that public schools don’t teach kids anything useful?

Anyway, I am here to prepare you for next time a strange boy asks you what the word “queef” means. Here’s everything you need to know:


What Even Is A Queef, Anyway?

Well, as Matt, the boy in my eighth grade English class so eloquently put it, it's basically a vagina fart. In more technical terms, it's a the result of a pocket of air being pushed out of your vagina and can sound kind of like passing gas.

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But, Like, What's The VERNACULAR Definition?

As per Urban Dictionary--the very same definitino I chanced upon back in eighth grade!--here is the "street term" for queef: "When too much air builds up during insertion from the penis. When the penis is removed it results in the excretion of air buildup and is released without female control. 'Farting.'" Cool!

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Can Queefing Only Happen From Penetrative Sex?

Not necessarily, fam! While it's pretty common for it to happen during sex--basically, anything going in and out of the vagina can displace the air, causing you to, uh, rip one--it's not the only time--it can also occur when you're exercising, like doing sit-ups or sliding into downward-facing dog. So, you know, all the times you DON'T want it to happen. But such is life!

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Is Queefing Ever A Health Concern?

No. Seriously, don't worry about it! Queefing is just a part of life that we all must deal with at one point or another.

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Can I...Not Queef?

No, you can't really do anything to stop it. Queefs just queef, you know? But you don't have to call it a "queef" if you hate the word (I definitely do). Just call it, you know, anything else. It doesn't matter if other people don't understand you.

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Should I Go Into Hiding If It Happens During Sex?

Nope! Queefing is totally normal, and it's pretty common for it to happen during sex. It's seriously not a big deal, so you and your partner can just laugh it off. If it happens to you, just laugh it off and keep going. If anything, it's a good reminder not to take sex (or yoga class, for that matter) too seriously.

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What If I'm GREAT At Queefing?

Well, I've got great news for you. Apparently, there is a queefing championship league, so, if you decide that queefing is your passion, you've got a new career option.

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Do you think you know what queefing really means now? Did I miss any questions that you have? Let us know in the comments!

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