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

Can sex cause a 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) ive 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) ive 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 a air embolism, I'm 26 weeks pregnant and scared to have sex with my partner incase of problems occuring ?

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

Can sexual intercourse through the vagina cause a 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 a air embolism I'm 29 weeks pregnant?

If my partner inserts his penis inside my vagina and we have sex can this cause a 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?Im so scared. Nurse doenst prime my IV line.

Can a whole IV line tubing with air cause air embolism?Im 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

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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