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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry is answering viewers vagina-related questions! The first one comes from Kelly on Twitter who says she has vaginal flatulence when she is in Pilates class. She can’t control it and finds it embarrassing. Is there anything that can be done?!
If you’re unfamiliar with vaginal flatulence, it is basically air in the vagina that wants to get out. Dr. Nita shares that it can be silent or make all different types of sounds like the sound of a whistle or drums! If it happens every now and then, Dr. Nita reassures viewers that it’s no big deal! If it happens frequently and enough that it disrupts your quality of life, then you should bring it up with your doctor.
Women with a weakened pelvic floor do have an increased probability of this occurring so Kegels can be a huge help! Dr. Nita notes that many women don’t do Kegels correctly and she says to figure out what muscles to use, while urinating squeeze your muscles to stop the flow midstream. This is just to find the muscles, not something that should be done often because doing so could increase the risk of bladder infections.
At the gynecologist, they can also tell you if you are doing a Kegel correctly. One great tip? Dr. Nita says to do Kegels during intercourse to strengthen your pelvic floor and give your partner some added pleasure!
The next question comes from Amy on Facebook who says she recently read the Mel B reportedly had her vagina scraped in order to remove all traces of her ex-husband! Is this safe to do?
Dr. Nita says it sounds like Mel B did vaginal rejuvenation possibly with some type of laser. If this is the case, Dr. Nita wants to point out that the FDA came out with a statement in 2018 saying it hasn’t cleared or approved any energy-based medical devices for vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal cosmetic procedures. It says doing these procedures could possibly lead to scarring, pain or burning.
As Dr. Nita has explained before, your vagina is self-cleaning and doesn’t need help! “The epithelium literally does regenerate every 96 hours. You work on getting that person out of your brain and heart and your vagina will handle the rest!” Dr. Nita says.