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What are the advantages and disadvantages of episiotomy?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 04/23/2019

The main benefit of episiotomy is to facilitate the delivery of the baby, especially if there is a risk of tearing or signs of fetal distress.

However, this incision sometimes has many more drawbacks than advantages, so it should not be made in a generalized manner. In particular, episiotomy can cause a lot of pain when defecating or having sex if it does not heal properly. It can also cause bleeding, urinary and/or fecal incontinence, etc.

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 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.
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