Vaginal Tearing: Treatment and Prevention

You just had great sex with your loved one and several hours later your vagina feels sore, as if it has tears around the vaginal opening. Whenever you urinate you try to avoid getting the sore part wet or else it will burn. Sometimes even sitting down causes you pain and you don't know how to relieve it. Are you wondering if it's an infection? It might just be a vaginal tear.

Causes of Vaginal Tearing

A vaginal tear is a cut or laceration in the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina. It can also occur above the opening of the vagina or in the area between your anus and your vagina. Aside from the skin, the deeper fat and muscle layers may also be affected. The most common cause of vaginal tearing is sexual intercourse, although it can also occur in women who have just given birth.

Treatments for Vaginal Tearing

The treatment for vaginal tears may depend on the degree of laceration. First degree tears are superficial lacerations of the skin in the vagina. Second degree tears involve the skin and fat tissue under the skin. Third degree and fourth lacerations involve the deeper muscles in the vaginal wall. These lacerations may cause a lot of bleeding, requiring surgical repair.

Prevention of Vaginal Tearing

You may also consider ways to avoid vaginal tears in the future.

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