Episiotomy or Tearing – which would you rather?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
2431 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
2355 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

from the bit i’ve read, i’d rather have natural tearing

Post # 10
4402 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@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
91 posts
Worker bee

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
716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I haven’t had an episiotomy, but tearing naturally wasn’t so bad. I would chose that over episiotomy any day.


Post # 14
4587 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
1574 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Both hapenned to me and both healed fine. It’s not as bad as it sounds in my experience x

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