....Have a procedure that has a higher risk of muscle damage, can lead to urinary incontinence, has higher rates of infection, always requires stitching, higher rates of sexual dysfunction, cause more extensive scar tissue, more pain and many other issues...
let nature happen and possibly have no negative effects?
Would you rather have an episiotomy or tear naturally (or possibly not even tear at all)?
I found this VERY informative article about episiotomies and tearing and ways to prevent tearing in the first place.
This is one of the parts i found very interesting (even *i* learned something new!)
"In addition, tears heal faster, with less pain, and less scar tissue. This is because tissue cells look like little bricks. When a woman's perineum does tear, it tears through the 'cement' holding those bricks (cells) together - there is little to no cellular damage."
For those who have given birth, what has your experience been with episiotomy VS. tearing naturally?