Episiotomy

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nicole - May 5

has anyone else read or heard that having an episiotomy is bad for u? i just read that it causes more problems than its supposed to help, it increases the chance of tearing, uses more st_tches, increases the general recovery time, and can cause s_xual problems later on? has anyone heard this from their doctor, or asked their doctor about it? i have an appt tom and intend on asking but just curious if anyone else has heard this?

 

Toya - May 5

Well, from what I was told at my childbirth cla__s by the nurses, dr's are not practicing episiotomies as much as they used to. They will let the woman tear and although the tear is jagged, it tends to heal better and there are less side effects to tearing on your own. I actually read an article on the internet that talks about the correlation between getting stretch marks in pregnancy and tearing. The research showed that the more stretch marks a woman develops during pregnancy, the more likely she is to tear during delivery. Guess it has to do with skin elasticity!

 

EM - May 5

I heard the same thing in cla__s about the tear healing faster and better than if you had an episiotomy. Tell that to your mother however and she'll probably have a cow like my mom who was taught that tearing was a horrible thing. Things change so fast and tend to swing back and forth as more studies are done.

 

Kymmi - May 5

I think you'll find both pros and cons for both sides, as well as many different opinions. I have done it both ways and quite honestly, I don't feel there was any difference,,,, and I didn't have any problems afterward either way.

 

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