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

Apr 19, 2016

About 40% of the women were breastfeeding their babies. This group generally had more pain and poorer vaginal lubrication than women who were not breastfeeding.

About 85% of the women who had given birth vaginally had had episiotomies – small incisions between the vagina and anus that are meant to reduce the impact of vaginal tears during birth. This rate is higher than the episiotomy rate in similar studies, but the scientists were not sure how much episiotomies influenced sexual health in this study.

They added that researching other factors, like cultural issues and partner relationships, could also help doctors understand women’s sexuality after childbirth.

The study was published last month in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Barbara, Giussy, MD, et al.

“Impact of Mode of Delivery on Female Postpartum Sexual Functioning: Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery and Operative Vaginal Delivery vs Cesarean Section”

(Full-text. March 2016)

Medscape Medical News

Brown, Troy, RN

“ACOG Urges More Frequent Use of Operative Vaginal Delivery”

(October 23, 2015)

Mayo Clinic

“Episiotomy: When it's needed, when it's not”

(July 30, 2015)

“Forceps delivery”

(July 8, 2015)

“Vacuum extraction”

(July 3, 2015)

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