Perineal body stretch during labor does not predict perineal laceration, postpartum incontinence, or postpartum sexual function: a cohort study

@article{Meriwether2016PerinealBS,
  title={Perineal body stretch during labor does not predict perineal laceration, postpartum incontinence, or postpartum sexual function: a cohort study},
  author={Kate V. Meriwether and Rebecca G Rogers and Gena C. Dunivan and Jill K. Alldredge and C. Qualls and Laura D Migliaccio and Lawrence M Leeman},
  journal={International Urogynecology Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={27},
  pages={1193-1200}
}
The perineum stretches naturally during obstetrical labor, but it is unknown whether this stretch has a negative impact on pelvic floor outcomes after a vaginal birth (VB). We aimed to evaluate whether perineal stretch was associated with postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction, and we hypothesized that greater perineal stretch would correlate with worsened outcomes. This was a prospective cohort study of primiparous women who had a VB. Perineal body (PB) length was measured antepartum, during… CONTINUE READING

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