New York: Pregnant women who underwent female genital cutting as girls are at increased risk of needing an emergency Cesarean section or suffering serious tears during childbirth, a new study finds.
Overall, women with genital mutilation had a higher risk of emergency C-section; 18 needed the procedure, compared with three women in the comparison group. They were also more likely to suffer severe vaginal tears during delivery -- with nine having the complication, versus one woman in the comparison group.The findings, which appear in the medical journal BJOG, show that healthcare workers in developed countries need to be prepared to care for women who`ve undergone genital cutting.That includes prenatal discussions about how delivery should proceed, Dr. Annette Kuhn, the senior researcher on the study, told in an email.All of the women with genital cutting in this study had been asked about how they wanted to manage delivery. Six percent wanted to have defibulation -- surgical widening of the vaginal opening -- before giving birth. Another 43 percent wanted it during labor, while one-third requested that it be done only if medically necessary.
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