After a tear of the perineum or an episiotomy


Bd de la Cluse 30
1205 Genève

Begoña Martinez de Tejada Weber
Begoña Martinez de Tejada Weber
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During the first few days after childbirth, in case of a perineal tear or episiotomy, you may experience some discomfort or pain (e.g. when urinating or sitting). Report this to the midwife.

Local remedies such as chamomile sitting baths or a change in your sitting position (e.g. by sitting on a swimming ring) are helpful. Painkillers compatible with breastfeeding may be prescribed for your relief.

Suture threads will dissolve naturally over time and, in principle, do not need to be removed. During the postpartum check-up, the gynecologist or midwife will check to ensure that healing is progressing normally.

If, on returning home, you have the following symptoms:

  • severe stomach ache
  • a temperature
  • sudden and/or abnormally high loss of blood
  • blood clotting.

Consult your gynecologist or midwife



Last update : 03/01/2019