Post # 1
Ok, I realize this is like asking
“Would you rather get a fishhook through the eyelid or a papercut on your eyeball?”
but which is better?
From what I understand, I *think* I would prefer natural tearing, over being cut. *shiver* I’ve heard that tearing might be more minimal recovery.
Post # 3
@Sunshine09: i think i agree with you, natural tearing probably *marginally* better
also i reckon a fishhook would be better than a papercut 😛
Post # 4
@Sunshine09: natural. there’s no guarantee that you will tear a huge amount naturally, so why let them cut it for potentially no reason?
Post # 5
From what I’ve heard it sounds like natural tearing is easier to heal. I’d also rather have it go naturally because the idea of anyone cutting down there gives me the heebie jeebies.
Post # 6
I haven’t given birth/been pregnant yet, but my mother has always been a huge advocate of episiotomies- she one with me and tearing with my sister and said the cut heals much better, faster and less painfully than a tear. Makes sense to me!
She also wound up with major hemorrhoids from pushing to hard without an episitomy, which sounds quite unpleasant and a long-lasting effect.
Post # 7
I’d rather have a papercut on my eyeball. Scratches on your eye heal super fast. As for episiotomy vs. tearing, I don’t know enough about it. I would think a clean cut with a scalpel would heal better than tearing, but if it’s not absolutely necessary, why do it?
Post # 8
Natural, in almost every circumstance. An episiotomy should only be done when absolutely necessary. That is what current evidence based practice agrees with as well.
Post # 9
from the bit i’ve read, i’d rather have natural tearing
Post # 10
@Follydust321: right. I didn’t think episiotomies were common practice any more.
i just gave birth a couple weeks ago and tore naturally. I had been afraid of tearing–I mean, it sounds so painful!–but honestly, I didn’t even feel it. The contractions hurt much worse. 😉
Post # 11
I had a second degree tear from delivering my daughter and received stitches. It was easier to process. I think the cutting would have made me cringe!
Post # 12
I had an episiotomy with my son and still to this day cannot figure out why. I had a small tear with my daughter that didn’t require stitches. Those stitches from my son itched like hell. Lol.
Post # 13
I haven’t had an episiotomy, but tearing naturally wasn’t so bad. I would chose that over episiotomy any day.
Post # 14
The hospital where I delivered my daughter doesn’t routinely do episiotomies anyway but my choice was to tear naturally, and I did. It was very small and only required a few stitches. The recovery process was not bad at all.
Post # 15
I haven’t given birth so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but I’d rather tear naturally. The literature I’ve read on it says that natural tears heal better. Even with an episiotomy, there is no guarantee that you won’t tear further so why get a cut if you may not even require it? A lot of natural birth advocates are in favor of natural tears, but they may be slightly (ya think) biased. However, as I said, literature agrees with them overall.
Post # 16
Both hapenned to me and both healed fine. It’s not as bad as it sounds in my experience x