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Air embolism due to certain sexual position - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   So i was having intercourse just now "doggie style" and i felt air go into my vagina. I did "queef" and some came out afterwards but now I feel funny and my stomach feels weird and I am scared I can develop an air embolisim. is this true?
Doctor :   Hi
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No true
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Air embolism does not happen
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with such incidents
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Air embolism usually happens if the more than 30 ml of air enters the blood vessel of the body
User :   well i found this: Yes, it's a true but very rare occurrence. When air is blown or forced directly into a vagina â?? without allowing any air to escape â?? an air embolism (the abnormal presence of air in the cardiovascular system) could form, which can be fatal. Women who are more at risk for this unlikely possibility are those whose pelvic vessels are enlarged (meaning, increased blood supply to the vagina) due to a condition such as trauma and possibly pregnancy. So, if a very large amount of air were to be blown or forced into their vaginal canals, it's possible that the air could enter their bloodstream, causing a blockage in a blood vessel. As a result, some of these women, perhaps including the pregnant women's fetus, may experience complications. In extraordinary cases, some of these women (and the fetus) may die if the embolism travels to the heart or lungs.
User :   and it's freaking me out.
Doctor :  
Let me read this lengthy paragraph
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I think you are more worried than that could really happen
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The text that you had put here is more thereotical
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and has not practical relevance
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However it has some relevant points which are considered
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At the end I would say, air embolism is a remote possibility in any scenario of sexual intercourse
User :   so what the heck happens if this were to create one of those?! and how would I know
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Do you mean if air embolism happens?
User :   yes from intercourse
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Air embolism is generally silent
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and does not have symptoms
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Unless the air embolism reaches the lungs
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ir embolism has been associated with central venous catheterization, penetrating and blunt chest trauma, high-pressure mechanical ventilation, thoracocentesis, hemodialysis and several other invasive vascular procedures. Never it is reported with sexual intercourse
User :   i am so nervous right now....and it's embarrasing and stupid.... but i don't know what to do
Doctor :   You just have to relax
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and try to get some sleep
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Do breathing exercises
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Take a deep breath in and try to release the air out very slowly
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Do it 10 times now
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you are able to do it slowly you are just fine
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So practice it tonight and try to gather some sleep
Doctor :   Just believe in me saying that air embolism is not a possibility in such positions of sex

User :   well thank you for you expertise and kind words. i do appreciate it. i will try and realx
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That is very good
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I pray for your peace of mind
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Relax now
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Thanks for consulting me.
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Bye for now
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