Vaginal Tears

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What is Vaginal Tears?

Vaginal tears are rips in the skin and muscle above or near the vaginal opening. Tears most commonly occur in the perineum. The perineum is the region between the anus and the opening of the vagina. There are four degrees of vaginal tears:

  • First and second degree tears (superficial lacerations in the skin and underlying fatty tissue)-most easily repaired
  • Third and fourth degree tears (deeper lacerations which involve the underlying muscles)-require more complex repairs since they are larger, deeper, and involve muscle tissue
    • This more serious condition is not common. When it occurs, it is usually during vaginal birth.


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