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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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Can you get air embolism from air in vagina?

Can you get air embolism from air in vagina?

Very rarely: Dr. Quarles is right to say that the concern about air embolism from the vagina is greatly overblown, and there is more legend that fact. However, strong air pressure developing in the vagina during late pregnancy does pose a hazard, and rarely, fatal and near fatal cases have occurred, from orogenital sex or any source of air pressure in the vagina. See ...Read more

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Air embolism from air in vagina. Is that a one in a million occurrence or rarer?

Air embolism from air in vagina. Is that a one in a million occurrence or rarer?

It is rare: But it tends to be more common during pregnancy. It typically happens during oral sex where your partner tries to blow air into your vagina to expand it. Avoid doing that during pregnancy. ...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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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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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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Do I really have to be scared of air embolism through my vagina from sex or masterbation? How to not get it??

Do I really have to be scared of air embolism through my vagina from sex or masterbation? How to not get it??

No: No, as long as a woman does not let anyone seal off her vagina while blowing air into it, causing pressurized air to inflate her vagina. ...Read more

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Rinsing your vagina with the shower head pointing up on a light setting, can you get an air embolism from that?

Air embolism: What you describe will not produce an "air embolism", and is not much different from the common European custom of using a "bidet", present in most female toilet facilities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an air embolism from a pool pump forcing water into the vagina?

Yes: An air embolism is dependent on proximity of blood vessels at the site of injury and the force applied at that site ...Read more

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I had sex in front of a box fan. The fan was blowing on my vagina and I could feel cold air going in. Can I get an air embolism from this?

Impossible- U R good: An air embolism refers to the unintentional insertion or entrance of air into a blood vessel within the circulation. What you describe would not result in the entrance of a bolus of air into your circulatory system. If you have more questions feel free to write me at www. HealthTap. Com/dr-Saghafi Cheers! ...Read more

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Does using a menstrual cup carry any risk of an air embolism? This is my first time using it and I feel like my vagina is stretched and battered.

No risk: The cup is in the vagina and not connected to the blood stream which is where an air embolism needs to be connected to to cause a problem. It sounds like you have an friend or acquaintance who had this problem - almost certainly not from a menstrual cup. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about air embolism? Had sex on period and air was pushed into vagina through normal intercourse. Never seemed to come out.

No worries: "Air embolism" refers to air getting into the bloodstream. Pushing air into the vagina during intercourse will not push air into the circulatory system so that's all good. And I guarantee that the air that pushed in as a matter of fact came out. You simply didn't notice that detail because you were busy with other things at the time. Cheers! ...Read more

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Hope its 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 its 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 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 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

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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Air In Vagina (Definition)

If you have oral sex, air should not be blown into your vagina. This can cause an air embolism or an air bubble to get in your bloodstream and block a blood vessel. This is extremely uncommon, but can be fatal to ...Read more