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Operative Vaginal Delivery Could Be Linked to Sexual Problems for New Mothers

Apr 19, 2016

Operative Vaginal Delivery Could Be Linked to Sexual Problems for New MothersWomen who give birth by operative vaginal delivery are more likely to develop sexual problems after birth, a new study suggests.

Operative vaginal delivery involves the use of tools to help the birth along. An obstetrician may use forceps – a metal tool that is sometimes compared to salad tongs – to gently pull the baby’s head out of the vagina. Another option is vacuum extraction, in which a vacuum pump is used.

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Women who give birth by operative vaginal delivery more likely to develop sexual problems later. (Click to tweet)

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An obstetrician may decide to use one of these methods when the mother is exhausted from labor or having trouble pushing. Operative delivery may also be chosen when there are health concerns for the mother or baby.

It’s common for women to have sexual problems, such as low libido and painful intercourse, after giving birth. Scientists have tried to determine if certain methods of childbirth influence the types of problems a woman might have. But their findings have been mixed.  

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