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The Unfiltered Truth About Farts During Sex: Own It, Boys!

Afraid your lover might’ve smelt what you dealt? Farts during sex aren't the end of the world. Learn how to quiet your cornhole with these helpful tips.
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October 31, 2023
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Tonight's the night. You’ve been talking to this guy for a month, and it's time to take it to the next level. But there’s one snag: Your stomach’s tied up in knots, and it isn’t just the nerves.

Letting out a fart during sex is a nightmare scenario for any bottom who wants to come off cool and collected while doing the deed. Many have developed a pre-date ritual of Metamucil, Pepto, and skinless chicken with quinoa.

Hopefully, it’s comforting to know you’re not alone. According to a worldwide study, 85% of gay men have tried anal sex, and 65% of gay men have penetrative sex regularly. So, let's address the unfiltered truth about expelling gas during sex — why it happens and how to handle it like a pro. 

We’ll talk about the digestive tract, the pelvic floor muscles, and even the psychology behind this blush-worthy yet utterly normal phenomenon. 

Is it normal to fart during sex?

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. Farting during sex, or "sexual flatulence," is when air exits your digestive tract while you're getting busy.

Be warned, tops: This isn’t just a bottom thing. Rearranging your partner’s guts is a great way to push some air bubbles out of your own. It's just your anus’s way of saying, "Hey, I'm here too!"

Although studies aren't gay-men exclusive, they do show that many anal aficionados have had a gassy moment during the deed. So, if you're clenching in fear of a surprise sphincter solo, relax. 

Maybe you’re one of the countless men who’s let one slip and screamed to the heavens, "Why do I fart during sex!?" Don’t sweat it; farting during anal is perfectly normal.

Should I be embarrassed?

So we’ve established that farting during sex is as natural as a Grindr notification at 2 a.m. But that doesn’t make it any less mortifying.

If you’re trying to impress a new boo, you might think the stakes are sky-high. But every seasoned power bottom will tell you that if you’re doing anal, a fart during sex isn't just a possibility; it's practically a rite of passage.

In fact, the more mental energy you spend worrying about an ill-timed toot, the less you’re focusing on blowing your partner’s mind. If anything, he should be thanking you for all that flatulence.

Why do I cut the cheese while I do the deed?

Although farting during sex is nothing to be red-faced about, you want to avoid giving your suitor windburn on his dick.

Fortunately, there are easily identifiable causes you can mitigate. It's biology, baby, influenced by everything from your gut to your pre-game snacks. It's not the apocalypse; it's just your body jamming to its own tune. And guess what? There are ways to fine-tune it.

Medical causes

If your bum trumpet is sounding the William Tell Overture, these medical causes could be the culprit:

  • IBS: If you have a sensitive stomach or are prone to digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you might be more susceptible to floating an air biscuit during sex. IBS can cause gas to build up in your digestive tract.
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles: You can’t neglect those Kegel exercises. A weak pelvic floor can contribute to unexpected flatulence, especially during those intense moments when you're switching up your positions.
  • Anal incontinence: This condition can make it challenging to control gas, especially during sexual activities.

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Behavioral causes

Your actions before and during sex can significantly impact whether you'll rip a stinker. Choose wisely!

  • Diet: Avoiding wind-inducing foods is a no-brainer. You might think twice before chugging that beer or munching on broccoli. Alcohol and certain foods can cause gas to build up in your digestive tract, making you more prone to let one loose during coitus.
  • Sexual positions: Some positions can trap air in the rectum, leading to quasi-queefs. The mechanics of anal penetration vary depending on the position, affecting how much air gets trapped. Maybe the pile-driver just isn’t for you…
  • Poor communication: If you're not in sync with your partner, you're more likely to experience awkward moments, including unexpected flatulence.

Beyond biology: A psychological explanation

On average, a healthy person toots 10 to 20 times a day. So, if you're experiencing a symphony of flatulence after anal sex, you're not alone. The thrusting action can be like a bellows for your backside.

But what if it’s all in your head? No, not the farts; those are, unfortunately, all too real. We’re talking about the cause.

Your body is a smart cookie. Increased farting post-coitus could be your body's way of saying, "Let's clear the air!" Literally. Your sphincter muscles — the gatekeepers of your anus — loosen up as you relax, making it easier for gas to escape and relieve pressure in your rectum and colon.

How to prevent cheeky emissions during sex

Gas is normal, but it isn’t inevitable. Just as certain behaviors can encourage poots during passion, there are steps you can take to avoid it.

  • Diet modification: Beans might be the magical fruit, but they don’t make for magic in the bedroom. To minimize flatus, avoid foods rich in raffinose, lactose, fructose, and sorbitol.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated, but sip your drinks slowly. Gulping down liquids can make you swallow air, which has to come out somehow.
  • Medication: If the farting persists, there are several over-the-counter gas reducers you can try.

The bottom line: Talk it out!

If you're in sync with your partner, you're less likely to experience unexpected flatulence. Discuss your concerns openly. After all, a good relationship is built on open and honest communication, not just chemistry.

If a honk slips out, laugh it off. Acknowledge that it’s funny and not a big deal. It's a natural bodily function, after all. More importantly, it's a sign you're comfortable enough with your partner to let it all hang out.

Grindr can help clear the air

Look, farts happen — even at the most intimate times. But don't let a little booty thunder derail your love life. Stay confident and laugh it off together instead of getting embarrassed. Any partner who’s a good sport will take it all in stride.

The key is being comfortable with yourself and realizing it's no big deal. A little flatulence is a part of being human. And honestly, it means you're relaxed and able to be your authentic self. That's something to cherish.

Ready to put your fart-prevention techniques to the test? Or maybe you’re looking for someone who can harmonize with your cheek squeaks? Either way, you’ll find them among the millions of monthly users on Grindr.

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