This emerges from a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The vast majority of births occur without harming the future mother. Mild tears in the abdomen are admittedly relatively common, but they usually heal on their own or are sewn up immediately after delivery, with no future damage.
But it also happens that the rectal sphincter (sphincter muscle) is damaged, which affects about one in twenty women in the first delivery. A follow-up of more than 7,000 women who gave birth to two children between 1992 and 1998, in combination with a questionnaire when women were 50-60 years old, shows that women who suffered sphincter injury in connection with the first delivery had a three risk times higher. for a similar injury in the second delivery. In addition, the risk of future intestinal leakage also increases with the number of injuries. The most common was the leakage of liquid stools and gas, in more severe cases also solid stools.
“In this study, we were able to determine how sphincter injuries are related to involuntary intestinal leakage much later in life, something that had already been questioned. This must be taken into account when advising pregnant women at higher risk for the injury ”, says Maria Gyhagen, a researcher in obstetrics and gynecology and also the main person responsible for the study, in a press release.
Read the study here.
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