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Is it true that masturbating with the showerhead can cause an air embolism?

Is it true that masturbating with the showerhead can cause an air embolism?

Masturbation: Probably not. Unless you are using the shower head from seinfeld. When kramer bought that powerful one off the back of a truck! ...Read more

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Blood vessels are made to carry blood - liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because ...Read more


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I slept with a fan on all night but just had knickers on could the fan have cause an air embolism in my vagina? The fan was at the end of the bed

I slept with a fan on all night but just had knickers on could the fan have cause an air embolism in my vagina? The fan was at the end of the bed

No: A room fan, anywhere in the room, is fine and will not cause a vaginal air embolism. Keeping cool with a fan is a good thing, as it decreases sweatiness and body odors. Air embolism is a risk if a person's mouth and lips seals off another person's vulvo-vaginal opening, and then he blows... that would be a bad thing to do. ...Read more

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Why is blowing into the vagina considered dangerous but air trapped during sex is supposedly harmless? Why does one cause an air embolism and the other does not?

Why is blowing into the vagina considered dangerous but air trapped during sex is supposedly harmless? Why does one cause an air embolism and the other does not?

Pressure: The pressure that is built with blowing is problem. A little air is probably not a problem. Quantity and pressure make the difference. ...Read more

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Can sex cause an air embolism in the vaguna? Even if your Pregnant or not pregnant

Can sex cause an air embolism in the vaguna? Even if your Pregnant or not pregnant

Be wise: "Sex" means different things to different people. Ten different couples will have "sex" 10 different ways. We don't hear of patients getting air embolisms from vaginal sex. Probably has something to do with evolution and natural selection. If still worried, a woman can just stay on top and move slowly. ...Read more

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Is it true that douching with the showerhead can cause an air embolism? I did it earlier and now im getting paranoid about it (anxiety) I've had since

Is it true that douching with the showerhead can cause an air embolism? I did it earlier and now im getting paranoid about it (anxiety) I've had since

Possibly: Douching during pregnancy can cause an air embolism.
I wasn't able to find reference to douching with a shower head in a non-pregnant state. But I would avoid that activity as douching upsets the normal vaginal bacterial and yeast balance and predisposes to bacterial infection of the vagina(bacterial vaginosis). ...Read more

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While masturbating it felt like there were air bubbles in my vagina but I did not stop, was air getting sucked inside? Can this cause an air embolism?

No danger of air: Embolism from masturbation. You CAN introduce air into the vagina while masturbating, but it is not harmful in any way. There is no connection between the vagina and the pulmonary vessels. ...Read more

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I'm 35 weeks pregnant & I have been blow-drying my vagina after I shower. Can that cause an air embolism?

I'm 35 weeks pregnant & I have been blow-drying my vagina after I shower. Can that cause an air embolism?

Not the vagina!: If a woman is blow-drying her vagina, either she is doing something bad (vaginas must stay moist forever) or she is calling something a vagina when in fact it is not her vagina. What that means is nobody blows dry her vagina. On the other hand, blow-drying pubic hair and the outer labia is ok to do. That's her vulva, not her vagina. It's like North Carolina and South Carolina... different places. ...Read more

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Could inserting a showerhead with the water at high pressure into the vagina cause an air embolism (ensuring the labial lips are not sealed)?

Unlikely: But why!!
If air trapped one could postulate that if trapped air I guess coud push up channel and into abdomen through Fallopian tubes.
Should not have vascular access. ...Read more

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Can sex through the vagina cause an air embolism, I'm 26 weeks pregnant and scared to have sex with my partner in case of problems occuring?

Can sex through the vagina cause an air embolism, I'm 26 weeks pregnant and scared to have sex with my partner in case of problems occuring?

If that happens...: If that were to happen, we would be hearing about it 24 hours a day on the news channels. Fortunately, that does not happen in real life. That being said, the answer to a "Can something happen" question is usually yes, because so many things are possible in life, even if they never happen in real life. The real question should be, "How likely is it to happen?" ...Read more

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Can sexual intercourse through the vagina cause an air embolism, I'm so scared to have sex with my partner in 26 weeks pregnant?

Can sexual intercourse through the vagina cause an air embolism, I'm so scared to have sex with my partner in 26 weeks pregnant?

Unlikely, is ossible: Air embolism is at greatest risk from oral sex where air is blown into the vagina, or from unusual positioning during intercourse, e.g. Anal sex. Pregnancy puts women at higher risk of air embolism, so you are justified in being concerned, proceed at your own risk ...Read more

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If my partner inserts his penis inside my vagina and we have sex can this cause an air embolism I'm 29 weeks pregnant?

If my partner inserts his penis inside my vagina and we have sex can this cause an air embolism I'm 29 weeks pregnant?

Probably not: The risk of air embolism during pregnancy seems to be primarily associated with oral sex (cunilingus) and blowing into the vaginal canal. Good reliable scientific data on this very rare complication of pregnancy is needed to offer you an accurate answer. Your risk of air embolism if your "partner inserts his penis inside your vagina at 29 weeks" is probably so remote as to be negligible . ...Read more

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Can a whole IV line tubing with air cause air embolism?I'm so scared. Nurse doenst prime my IV line.

Can a whole IV line tubing with air cause air embolism?I'm so scared. Nurse doenst prime my IV line.

Depends: Not sure amount of air in tubing. Need to have nurse then to prime IV tubing to limit any possible complications. I would insist on this since this is your care. ...Read more

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Can queefing cause air embolism?

No: It has not been mentioned in the commonly known causes of air embolim. Two things are required for air embolism pressure gradient and vascular. Access like blood vessel. ...Read more

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Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Never heard of that: Doubtful, but I guess anything is possible. One of the causes listed in the literature for free air in the abdomen is "rough sex." I guess one could translate that to the possibility of air embolism. ...Read more

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Hope it's OK to ask this! Is it safe during sex if the guy goes in all the way, really deep on you? Will it cause org.damage or air embolism?

Hope it's OK to ask this! Is it safe during sex if the guy goes in all the way, really deep on you? Will it cause org.damage or air embolism?

It's okay: If it hurts you, ask him to be careful. If not, don't worry about how deep, it's okay. If it's pleasurable it's not causing organ damage. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Can douching too fast cause air embolisms? (From the bubbles in douche bottle)

Can douching too fast cause air embolisms? (From the bubbles in douche bottle)

Dont douche: Douching is not recommended. It destroys the healthy bacteria that keeps the vagina clean. It predisposes you to yeast and bacterial infections. It is not recommended. ...Read more

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Could an air embolism travel from ur lungs to another part of your body and cause more damage?

Could an air embolism travel from ur lungs to another part of your body and cause more damage?

Unlikely: Unless there is a right to left shunt, such as avm of the lung or a connection through the right atrium to the left atrium. ...Read more

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What are the chances of an air embolism being cause from having sex with my partner? I am pregnant and frightened to have sex

What are the chances of an air embolism being cause from having sex with my partner? I am pregnant and frightened to have sex

Risks are very small: If you and your partner enjoy sexual intercourse/ penile-vaginal coitus, and your pregnancy has been normal and uncomplicated, there does not seem to be any documented risk to you or to your pregnancy. Concerns about the risks of "air embolism" have been expressed when /if intense oral sex (cunnilingus) is performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy and air is blown into the vagina. ...Read more

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How do you treat an air embolism?

Hyperbaric Chamber: The use of 100% oxygen, breathed under increased atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber, is commonly used to treat air-embolism. This is especially true for those emboli that impair circulation to the nervous system/brain. ...Read more

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Scared I have air embolism from sex?

Not likely: Pneumoperitoneum (free air) in the abdomen potentially can occur if the introitus (read: vagina) is blown into... As beyond the cervix, at the fimbria of the fallopian tubes is a direct opening into the abdomen-pelvis. The fimbria open up to but are not fused to their respective ovary. Air embolism only occurs when, say, an IV is injected with air (poor technique)... ...Read more

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What are the tests for air embolism?

Air in the heart: If air is introduced in venous side of the circulation if often foams in the heart and may be visible on routine chest x-ray as areas of low density in the heart, especially right atrium. There are no lab tests specific for air embolism. Usually it takes about 100 cc of air to cause symptoms and lesser amount may go unnoticed. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more