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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.

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I had a baby 7 months ago also had a 3rd degree tear, got swabbed last week for an infection because sex has been really painful and I also tear and bleed a little, results came back normal, so I don't know what to do





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I had my son 5 years ago and I had a third degree tear,they did delivery using forceps and I think it's them that torn me. After that I always feel as if my vagina is big anyone help?





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When I gave birth 8 years ago I had to have continuous stitches on the inside which is fine but on the out side my Libia split and the doctor didn't sow it up properly now it sticks out it always feels uncomfy If I crouch down I can always feel it it's left me feeling really down all I want is to have it stitch up how it was





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Hi, I give birth 4 years ago with my daughter I go through a tears my clitoris was tears down to my anus , but only the anus is closed and the clitoris left widely open, due to that am very large. I feel very embarrassed about that.





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hi ,well this is embarrassing and i want to know why my Virginia feels big. i hade sex with this guy he hade a very fat and large penis,my Virginia was preety small we hade sex about 4 months ago i haven't hade sex since . my Virginia feels big now like if my walls expand.i feel embarrassed when im having sex with my resent lover .i use to be so tinny in my area and now i feel a bite wide open . am i loose down their or is it because this guy just opened me up ?will it go back to normal soon ? i don't want to feel like my area is wide open .please help





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I hadn't had intercourse for 9 years. As a result I had a tear in my vaginal wall.I had to have a stitch. I lost slot of blood.it has been 3 days now and I am still weak. What can I do to help myself feel stronger. I am 66 years old





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Every time my partner and I have sex a tear a bit I have had a baby girl 2 years ago and had to be cut in order to deliver but I find it hurts to have sex and after I have sex it stings when I go for a wee for about 12 hours





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It's been 11 weeks after giving birth and I had forceps and first degree tear. Where I've been stitched up on out side that's fine and healed. But inside stitch is still tender to touch. Also looks swollen a it.And looking in the mirrior it don't look the same. To me it don't look right. I've not had sex because im scared it hurt or won't fit. It's like in side two balls one on bottom and one at top. Been to my GP and she said looks red and sore but it's ok. Also looks saggy looking. And it's really upsetting me because I don't know what to do. My daughter weighed 6.11 was in labor for 23 hours.





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Hi I had a c section for a breech with my first baby , no problems prior to this but I have elhers danlos. Since then When ever we have sex it feels like I am tearing and even if we use lubrication my perineum stings all the time. I can't understand it as I didn't have a natural birth but as with many of the above it is ruining our sex life.





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My girlfriend has a piece of skin hanging from her vulva about three quarters down from the top along one side. She says her ex-husband forced sex on her when she was still healing and stitched from birth and tore it. The piece is about one eighth of and inch square and still connected by a small piece of skin. I love her but the sight is kind of a turn off and men are awfully visual. She would like it removed, can it be?





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