A study in the Dec.18,2018, issue of JAMA found that women who delivered their first baby by cesarean had half the risk of developing stress urinary incontinence (which causes urine to leak when you cough or sneeze) or overactive bladder compared with first-time moms who had a spontaneous vaginal birth.
While cesarean delivery may mean longer time after your baby is born, it may make it less likely that someday you’ll need to cross your legs when you cough or sneeze floor disorders.
Researchers followed the women for up to nine years to determine whether they developed pelvic floor disorders.
In addition to having a lower incidence of stress incontinence and overactive bladder, women who had a cesarean also had a 70% lower risk of experience pelvic organ prolapse compared with the vaginal birth group. In this condition, the cervix and uterus drop from the pelvic cavity into the vaginal space.
- It is important to note that pelvic floor disorders are treatable.
- Exercises may help strengthen the muscles to relieve some symptoms.
- Medications and surgery are other options.
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