If you have suffered a third degree tear while giving birth, will you be able to give birth naturally in the future? In this article we explore this question, suggesting whether you will be able to have another vaginal delivery.
Recovering from a third degree tear
A third degree tear is an injury that can be suffered while giving birth by way of vaginal delivery. It is a laceration that extends from the vaginal opening, down through the perineal muscles and into the anal sphincter(s).
Evidently a third degree tear is a serious injury that must be repaired by a qualified surgeon. In the week following the repair, the area will be very sore and swollen. Most women will, however, make a full recovery.
Although the area may not look quite the same as it did previously, most will find that the pain subsides and normal function (to include sexual, urinary and bowel function) returns to normal.
Childbirth after a third degree tear
As long as a woman makes a good recovery, she may have another vaginal delivery in the future.
This opinion is contrary to medical advice provided in years gone by. Previously, women who had had a third degree tear were told that a vaginal delivery would not be possible in the future. Instead any future children must be delivered by way of elective Caesarean section.
Nowadays medical practitioners believe that a former third degree tear should not contra-indicate a vaginal delivery – just as long as a full recovery has been made.
Will I need a Caesarean section?
On the other hand, if a woman is still experiencing symptoms as a result of her third degree tear, she will be advised that another vaginal delivery should be avoided. In such cases, a woman will be told that it is better to deliver any future children by C-section.
Some women find this upsetting as giving birth naturally is important to them. However, if there is a risk that the anal sphincter could sustain further damage, it may be best to avoid the trauma associated with a vaginal delivery.
If you have had a third degree tear and you fall pregnant once again, you should discuss your options with your obstetrician. He/she will advise you as to the best possible mode of delivery that ensures that safety of you and your unborn baby.
3rd degree tear complications
If you are still suffering problems because of your third degree tear was not diagnosed and repaired properly, you will be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for more information.