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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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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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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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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. Stephen Scholand
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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