What are some unspoken concerns women experience following vaginal deliveries? | by Dr. Oscar Aguirre

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Posted on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

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Dr. Oscar A. Aguirre Board-certified urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon Aguirre Specialty Care Denver

Dr. Oscar A. Aguirre

I’m frequently asked by mothers why they weren’t informed of some of the permanent effects of vaginal childbirth, such as urinary and fecal incontinence and decreased sexual satisfaction. Often, women are too embarrassed to bring up these issues with their doctors, or, when they do, they feel their concerns are downplayed.

Following childbirth, it’s common for women to experience painful sex, leakage of urine or feces, loss of vaginal sensation, and torn, uneven or oversized labia that makes everyday activities like exercise and intercourse uncomfortable. Serious conditions, such as vaginal or uterine prolapse -— when organs inside the body protrude through the vagina -— can also occur.

There are treatments and procedures for these and other post-pregnancy concerns, such as excess fat, loose or sagging skin, and breast changes, many of them minimally invasive and with minimal downtime (see RealMommyMakeover.com). Talk to your doctor about options or seek another opinion if necessary.

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