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Just a quick question.....about Episiotomy...

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biglips Fri 08-Aug-08 16:34:34

if i end up having this..will this let me heal up quicker than tear?

im a newbie as i had e c-section last time

sarah293 Fri 08-Aug-08 16:36:29

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MrsTittleMouse Fri 08-Aug-08 16:37:18

No, I'm afraid not. In fact, there is evidence that it's the other way around - that you heal better with a tear. My MW told me that tears are generally better as you only tear as far as you need to, rather than as far as the health professional decides.

You will need an episiotomy if the baby is in distress and they need to get it out quickly, or if you have a forceps delivery, otherwise the general practice is not to cut.

Good luck.

Twinkie1 Fri 08-Aug-08 16:38:19

I was cut with DD and healed no problems - tore with DS as little bugger was in such a hurry to come out and had to have episiotomy repair 3 years later!

belgo Fri 08-Aug-08 16:39:44

It's very common for women to have an episiostomy in Belgium especially with their first babies. I know a few women who have had very bad episiotomies, and a couple who have torn despite having the episiotomy.

Fortunately I just had small tears both times, both times stitched and no problems whatsoever.

LadyOfWaffle Fri 08-Aug-08 16:40:02

I think on the whole tears heal better/faster, but then you cannot control how much it tears... so you could end up with a very bad tear instead of a smaller episiotomy. As MTM says you'll probably be given a cut for instrumental delivery and may tear during a 'normal' delivery, it's not something I think you actively can choose... if that makes any sense?

Celery Fri 08-Aug-08 16:42:43

I had an episiotomy the first time, and the actual healing was very quick and painless. I was honestly surprised at how easy it was. However, the scar tissue was very sensitive and sex was painful for about 6 months afterwards. I couldn't feel it at all, apart from when we tried to have sex. Eventually, that was fine too.

I grazed with the other two, and that was unbelievably painful in the first week that it was healing.

lulumama Fri 08-Aug-08 16:46:51

there is a school of thought that says episiotomy can lead to more tearing and deeper tearing, and a natural tear is better

not everyone tears, and often small tears esepcially if not deep, don;t need stitching.

giving birth in water can help, as can using positions that work with rather than against gravity

i had c.s first and VBAC second and did not tear or need an episiotomy. had slight graze to labia, but intact perieneum.

Celery Fri 08-Aug-08 16:51:04

Yes, the first time I was flat on my back on a hospital bed - episiotomy. The next two times I was at home in an upright kneeling position, and had small ( painful for a short time! ) grazes.

pudding25 Fri 08-Aug-08 20:59:14

Well , I had an episiotomy nearly 13 wks ago and after about 6 days, all my bits felt fine again. Saying that, still yet to have sex so hoping that wont hurt!!! (Better get on with it soon I suppose...!)

madmouse Fri 08-Aug-08 21:39:22

I have never torn so don't know about that, but I was cycling again 2 weeks after giving birth. I doubt that would have been the case if ds had not been in special care though - as I was out of bed double quick to go to scbu)and sex took much longer also because I was a bit tense. we tried it, it hurt, but four weeks later it was ok.

madmouse Fri 08-Aug-08 21:39:54

would have been useful if I mentioned the episiotomy blush sorry

MrsTicklemouse Fri 08-Aug-08 22:03:42

mrstittlemouse are we twins grin i was just about to say i've heard the same as... then noticed your name (your surname doesn't begin with S does it?)

if you are cut or tear, be very careful with your stitches,

I had an episiotomy with DS1 due to ventouse, two days later i managed to pull a stitch out and was in agony, ended up with horrendous scar tissue (although Dr that i went to see about scar did say it wasnt a great job regardless of the stitch!)

ditto celery, DS2 caused a slight graze

biglips Sat 09-Aug-08 12:48:40


thanks everyone as interesting to know.

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