Many women tear in childbirth, but new findings say that rather than cut surgically, it may be best to let nature take its course.
What’s an episiotomy? It’s a procedure that happens when a doctor cuts into a woman’s muscles and tissue in a particular spot during childbirth.
The cut happens in the area between the vagina and the bum, and experts do it to make the opening larger in a woman’s body for a baby to pass.
Women often tear in multiple areas around the vagina when a baby comes out. It’s been thought that by purposely cutting in surgically, it’s easier to heal and that a woman’s body might even end up with a smaller scar, in the end.
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The trouble is that a new study out of the University of Michigan has found that maybe episiotomies aren’t all that helpful, in the long run.
The study looked at 69 women and found that 84% of them experiences changes to their vaginas and rectum after childbirth. Of this group, those who had an episiotomy held the worst negative genital body image and sexual self-esteem, which was a surprise for the researchers.
“The women we would expect as providers to be unhappy with their genitals might not be the ones who are,” said Ruth Zielinski, clinical associate professor of nursing and a lead author of the study.
Sounds like it may be better to let nature take it’s course. Tearing is painful. Check out this link for some thoughts on how to deal with it.