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Pelvic risks higher in normal delivery: Study

Women who deliver normally suffer higher rates of pelvic floor disorders than those who undergo Cesarean sections.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 12:33 IST

Women who deliver normally suffer higher rates of pelvic floor disorders than those who undergo Cesarean sections or those who never gave birth.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego show that pregnancy and the mode of delivery has been found responsible for various pelvic disorders, such as incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

The study titled 'Pelvic Floor Disorders: An Epidemiologic Study' reveals that forty-two per cent of the women in the study group who delivered vaginally suffered one or more pelvic floor disorders compared to only 27 per cent of the women who delivered only via Cesarean.

However, this is not a reason for women to rush to their obstetricians and request Caesarean sections, according to its lead author Emily Lukacz, Assistant Professor of Reproductive Medicine, MAS, in Clinical Research.

Although the study's outcome showed a statistically higher rate of pelvic floor disorders in the vaginal delivery group, 58 per cent of those who delivered vaginally did not suffer a pelvic floor disorder at all, said Lukacz.

Lukacz says that there has been controversy about whether it is pregnancy, mode of delivery or age alone that causes the pelvic floor disorders.

Previous studies have argued that there is a link between pregnancy and developing a pelvic floor disorder and others have argued that there is not a link, Lukacz stated.