WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Fat Bodies, 11:00pm Sunday 27th April 2014 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Conditions

Vaginal Tearing

Vaginal tearing

A vaginal tear most commonly occurs during the birth of a baby, when the baby’s head stretches the opening of the vagina. Often the walls of the vagina can stretch sufficiently without breaking, but if not then there is a danger that a tear can occur. During the birth doctors may carry out an episiotomy, which involves making an incision in the perineum, the area between the rectum and the vagina. An uncontrolled birth can occasionally cause severe tearing between the vagina and the anus, so an episiotomy can relieve the pressure. Treatment for vaginal tearing normally involves stitching of the wound, and recovery is normally made within 3-6 weeks. There are secondary complications that can occur, including infection of the perineum area, so it is important for sufferers to always wipe front to back to help minimise the risk of infection.

Comments and Questions

The EB doctors have been looking at your comments and have answered some of the common questions below. Remember that it is always best to check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

I have similar problems to above. As long as I can remember when having regular sex the outer parts of my vagina would tear down towards my anus. This problem also occurs when I have a bout of irritable bowl movements and have to wipe a lot. I thought it was down to dryness but as above try moisturisers and Vaseline etc but still have the problem. I have a high sex drive and it's getting me down. My partner says it's ok but doesn't quite understand how painful it can be. Please help to come to a resolution.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have had a vaginal tear and I have never had sex or given birth I noticed it when I was 11 I am 18 what can I do





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I had a baby 2 months ago still bleeding and when I'm wiping ( my vagina ) there is a red cut and checked with gp she said it was to do with my birth but she checked and pulled the opening of my vagina open and it made it bleed again





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi this is a bit embarrassing , nearly 2 months ago I realised I had thrush when checking my vagina for why it was itchy, I got my boyfriend to take a picture so I could have a better look, in the picture I noticed on the wall of my vagina there was what looked like a small hole about the size of a pea , just slightly to the left and under my actual opening. I showed my doctor the photo and she didn't really comment on it , she just said it looked like there was a lot of swelling from the thrush. After taking my corse of antibiotics I've had no discomfort appart from sometimes having an over sensitive feeling around that area when having sex. And it's been unbearably itchy about 2 times after the thrush clearing up aswell but then randomly stopped. I haven't checked since if the hole is still there as I don't want to over worry myself if it is still there. I didn't know if this could just be a tear ?? Please could someone help me clarify what it could be ?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have recently been taking anti biotics. Last Friday I noticed I had a tear and was very sore and itchy. This is still the case, I've tried Vaseline but it eases it for a little while. I noticed yesterday I also have cracks to. It's very painful after I've been to the toilet. I've been with my partner nearly 3 years and our sex life is going down hill because of this problem. Any ideas what it could be please. It also irritates more at night.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm 22 years old and have been with my partner for nearly 6years now. We have sex everyday just about but over the past 3 months now I've been experiencing afew worrying symptoms down below! Firstly , I was experiencing very itchy vagina , it was unbearable and I can to even stop wearing pants. Found this was worse at night which would stop me sleeping. I started using thrush cream which I found helped a lot but I then began to noticed when doing a number two, I felt like I was passing glass, was extremely painful and there is a lot of blood in my stool (bright red) and my anus continues to bleed for sometime. I find after inter course my vagina is VERY inflamed,VERY swollen and painful to touch /urinate afterwards. And I also have noticed I have two paper cut looking type tears I between my vagina & Amy's , which I cause pain also ....basically I'm having a nightmare just now and I'm not sure what's going on!! Was hoping you could maybe in lighten me ??? Beginning to worry now.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I am having a lot of the same symptoms as everyone else. My vulva feels like it is burning as if i have a rash due to an allergic reaction. However, i have had a lot of pain during intercourse and i have what seems to feel and look like a paper cut tear where i got stitched from giving childbirth. It will be 2 years on the 17th and i didn't think it was possible for it to reopen. I don't have health insurance so I'm trying to figure out what to do. Please help!





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

If you're worried why not contact one of our Doctor's? You can call us on: 0121 2248395 or email us today.

If you're worried why not contact one of our Doctor's? You can call us on: 0121 2248395 or email us today.

If you're worried why not contact one of our Doctor's? You can call us on: 0121 2248395 or email us today.

If you're worried why not contact one of our Doctor's? You can call us on: 0121 2248395 or email us today.

Im 17 and have had sex with more than one partner shamefully but ive slept with my recent partner and he put both my legs over his shoulders and I was extremely uncomfortable so we stoped later that day I experienced a small patch of blood and I feel I have torn only slightly the bottom or my vagina between there and my bum (not much) will it heal and do I need to go to my doctors as im scared to. All replies appriciated and dont judge me from my age.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm 18 and the exact same thing has happened to me when me and my boyfriend have done the same, I didn't go to the doctor as I didn't feel it was that serious. I just made sure to avoid sex for a few days until it was okay, but if you are still worried or it hasn't seemed to heal/still stings it wouldn't do any harm to see what your doctor says.

I weekly have sex with my partner but recently after sex i find the bottom end of my vagina has ripped, we have foreplay each time and use plenty of lubricate but each time after the rip heals and we have sex again the rip comes back bigger and longer. How can i stop the ripping?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi! I have noticed after me and my partner have sex I tend to feel rather sore. Now I have a tender lump just on the inside of the vaginal opening which is very sore and my vaginal opening feels like it has been cut or split and swollen and my perineim is also swollen and sore, I have fissures/piles which makes it even worse and the pain is almost unbareable. Can someone help me in how to treat it? Thanks.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


More Information

  1. Am I Normal Vagina

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn't normal when it comes to…

  2. Doctor Responses: Eczema and Skin Conditions

    In Videos - Dr Dawn advises on the most common questions sent in to the Embarra…

  3. Quick Health Advice: Unwanted Facial Hair

    In Videos - Dr Harper explains the causes of unwanted facial hair and some of t…

  4. Doctor Responses: Polycystic Ovaries

    In Videos - Dr Dawn discusses the causes and treatments available for PCOS, as…

  5. Bodies Behaving Badly

    In Episodes - Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions includ…

  6. Dr Dawn Harper

    In Videos - Find out more about Dr Dawn Harper

  7. Doctor Responses: Periods

    In Videos - Doctor Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about per…

  8. Doctor Responses: Endometriosis

    In Videos - Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about endomet…

  9. Doctor Responses: Enlarged Labia

    In Videos - Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about enlarge…

  10. Doctor Responses: Diabetes

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper answers your common questions about coping with diab…

  11. Doctor Responses: Pelvic Floor Problems

    In Videos - Dr Dawn answers common questions from women regardng the pelvic floor.

  12. Doctor Responses: OCD

    In Videos - Dr Pixie answers your most common questions on the tricky subject o…

  13. Doctor Responses: Foot Problems

    In Videos - Dr Dawn aims to keep your feet healthy by answering the most popula…

  14. Am I Normal Penis

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn't normal when it comes to…

  15. Doctor Responses: Blushing

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper casts her expert eye over your most common queries.


Be On Embarrassing Bodies

The clinic is opening again for a new series.
Apply for Embarrassing Bodies >