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A Delicate Situation for Women

This is a rather delicate question. Ever since the birth of my son, five years ago, I have had an embarrassing occurrence during class. When doing Upward Dog and other forward bending poses, air draws up into my vagina; when I come out of the pose it releases loudly. I want so much to be able to go to classes again—is there something I can do to alleviate this problem? —Lena

Read Gurmukh's reply:

Dear Lena,

I talked with Davi Khalsa, a registered nurse midwife at Golden Bridge, about this issue. Before answering, I want you to know it is quite common, so please don’t feel embarrassed about it. I’m sure other women are glad you asked the question.

According to Davi, it is not healthy for air to be drawn into the vagina, so for now you may consider wearing a sanitary napkin to your yoga class and throughout the day. This will prevent the intake of air, ending those embarrassing sounds. Next, begin Kegel exercises. This will heal the situation.

Of course, if you just say, “I’ll do my Kegel exercises," then you’ll quickly forget about them. So every time you need to urinate, interrupt the flow eight times by pulling up on the Kegel muscles. This will help you isolate the muscles you need to strengthen, differentiating them from the muscles of the rectum and abdomen, and very soon you’ll find that you won’t have a problem with air in your vagina anymore.

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A napkin, seriously? Where are you people getting your information? And interrupting the urine flow eight times is an "advice" no-one should be giving in 2012. It is damaging and not helpful.


I am so glad that I am not the only one this happens too. I am stressed about it too and it is very embarrassing. It only happens when I come out of inversions. I have had 2 children naturally in 3 yrs and it has gotten worse with the second one. I'll keep doing my kegal's and pray for the best!

Laura - teacher

Great advice to practice Kegals to strengthen the muscles & avoid the situation. However practicing during urination can lead to urinary infection - practice another time. Maybe just before or just after urinating if you want to use that as a cue. Personally, I practice while I drive, and/or make a cup of tea.

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