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Episiotomy scar 5 months postpartum

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GMtoBe Mon 19-Mar-18 20:13:18

I had an episiotomy/forceps 5 months ago. Quite a long cut but 'j' shaped so didn't go onto my perineum, just vagina and out to the side. It healed fairly well and I obviously have a scar but I find that it still hurts sometimes if I've been sitting on the floor or a hard chair, also sometimes when I need to poo and during sex to begin with and after a few minutes. Can any one who has already experienced this tell me when/if it will get to a point where it just never hurts? It feels a lot like pressing a bruise when it does hurt.

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GMtoBe Tue 20-Mar-18 06:50:32


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Vanannabananna Tue 20-Mar-18 06:59:55

I had this. Took 6 months to heal totally and another 6 months to feel totally normal. DD due in 3 weeks so just hoping I heal quicker this time.

TurquoiseTarn Tue 20-Mar-18 07:01:04

It took upto 12 months for mine to be completely pain free, I remember at around 6m pp it would still ache when walking & the scar tissue would occasionally bleed. My DD is nearly 2 now and it causes me no issues. It's probably worth going to the GP so they can just check it's healing correctly smile

GMtoBe Tue 20-Mar-18 07:04:09

Thank you! Yes I will definitely get it checked. I suppose I just underestimated how long it would take to stop feeling uncomfortable.

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KatyN Tue 20-Mar-18 10:31:57

Another yep. Took mine to the gp at 6 months. Their words were that forceps are ‘brutal’ and take a long time to heal
I would say mine went in 12 months. The little lady is now 2 and i’m totally Normal.

FWIW. The forceps was my second child. First was ventouse. I had a prolapse with that that stayed for several years.

mayhew Tue 20-Mar-18 10:36:38

Scars take a long time to settle down, wherever they are on the body. Think about others you've had. About 1-2 weeks for the skin to close.
Tenderness and sensitivity can last for months.
It can take 1-2 years to really settle down.

Massage can help the process, so sex with sufficient lubrication can be helpful. Muscle tone is important too as it supports the pelvic organs pressing down on the scar, so effective pelvic floor exercises too.

Lndnmummy Tue 20-Mar-18 13:49:33

I still had occasional pain when I went back to work a year on. 18 months on I didn’t feel a thing. You have my sympathies it is very unpleasant.

GMtoBe Tue 20-Mar-18 14:19:58

@mayhew you're absolutely right. I don't know why I expect this scar to completely heal any faster than any other scar I might have.

Thanks ladies, you've made me feel a bit more normal!

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mayhew Tue 20-Mar-18 14:51:47

Happy to help!

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