All rights reserved. We've said it before and we'll say it again: there really is no good way for a baby to get from the inside to the outside of your body. But if that route is through your vagina, chances are you might experience some tearing. No, we don't mean tearing up, although you might cry a little when your doctor or midwife tells you how many stitches they just sewed into your crotch. We mean vaginal tearing — a spontaneous laceration in the perineum as a result of pushing your baby out. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that between 53 and 79 per cent of vaginal deliveries will result in a laceration.
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The "husband stitch" is often given to women without their consent. In , Katarina Rivers went to her doctor to complain about experiencing painful sex over the course of four years. Although the doctor told her the pain was a result of past sexual abuse, she thought something else was to blame. Rivers went to several doctors hoping for answers but was always sent home without them. Finally, four years later at Sunrise Hospital in Nevada, she said a doctor told her that she had unknowingly received a "husband stitch. The husband stitch, also referred to as the "daddy stitch" or a "tight episiotomy," is essentially when a doctor sews the vaginal entrance further than necessary after a vaginal birth. The theory is that the surgery makes the opening of the woman's vagina "tighter," with the antiquated goal that sex would be more pleasurable for a cisgender man.
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They had plans to go out for seafood in San Pedro, next to the Los Angeles Harbor, and year-old Turbin was relaxing in the living room while her friend took a shower. Turbin rushed home to take a shower herself and grab her things before heading to the hospital. Turbin was insured through Medi-Cal, a state program that offers free or low-cost health coverage for people with limited income.
We know millions of women do it every day. Oh wait. They have. Or it might feel taut and weird a year later and mean you never want to have sex again. Odd dangly bits?