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Study Confirms What We Already Knew

Women who have given birth vaginally and now have stress urinary incontinence won’t be shocked that a study has confirmed what we already knew – vaginal childbirth causes more long term incontinence than childbirth by caesarean section.  That makes sense, considering the pelvic floor trauma that a body goes through while delivering vaginally.  It’s like stretching a rubber band until it’s just about to snap, and then expecting it to have the same elasticity as it did before; highly unlikely.  While c-sections come with their own set of risks and complications, the pelvic floor remains intact.

Our own unofficial neighbourhood survey of moms came out with similar results to the study – the moms who delivered vaginally were more likely to mention their occasional incidents of leakage compared to the moms who had delivered by c-section.

It’s great to have this knowledge compiled into an official medical study, as it’s one more way to generate awareness about SUI as a health issue, especially as it relates to childbirth and post-partum recovery.

Here are three different news article summaries of the same report findings:

Medical Research.com offers a Q&A format with the lead researcher for this study.  He covers the results and key take-aways, including validating one of the causes of SUI (childbirth) and identifying SUI as a consideration for patients and doctors prior to delivery

Medical News Bulletin provides a quick summary of some key findings and introduces pelvic floor health as a consideration in the vaginal delivery vs c-section decision for women

US News & World Report covers the study results and includes commentary from two experts in the United States about the risks of caesarean section