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Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tears Explained

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A perineal tear occurs when the perineum - the area between the vagina and anus - is injured during childbirth. Third and fourth degree perineal tears are experienced by approximately 3% of women giving birth vaginally and 5% of women giving birth vaginally for the first time and may be serious.

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A perineal tear occurs when the perineum - the area between the vagina and anus - is injured during childbirth. Tears are caused by the fetal head stretching the vagina and perineum during delivery. While perineal tears are common, occurring in over 85% of vaginal births, most do not result in serious injury. However, third and fourth degree perineal tears (also known as severe perineal tears or obstetric anal sphincter injuries), which are experienced by approximately 3% of women giving birth vaginally and 5% of women giving birth vaginally for the first time, are more serious and may lead to complications.

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Sharna Ingham
16 Apr 2021
well written and informative. Easy to understand.
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Gregory Turner
25 Feb 2021
An excellent article.
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Lynee White
23 Feb 2021
Very valuable source to do.
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Angelia
26 Feb 2021
3rd and 4th degree perineal tears, decrease risk factors, treatment, and education
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Merylle Moreno
11 May 2021
well informative
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Bindu Naveen
22 Apr 2021
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Neethu Anil
26 Apr 2021
This material has improved my knowledge
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Evelyn Mapossa
26 Apr 2021
I believe in 2021 women deserve better than to receive 3/4 deg tears. Should be minimal in this day and age
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Rosemary Busby
22 May 2021
Helpful and informative.
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Nerrida Salter
26 Feb 2021
Interesting article not just for nursing practice but for women's health generally.
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