Vaginal Tears Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Vaginal Tears treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Vaginal Tears

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options:


First degree tears are superficial. They often do not require stitches and will heal naturally. Second degree tears are deeper into the tissues, require a few stitches, and then heal well afterward. Third degree tears involve the rectal muscles, and fourth degree tears enter into the rectum. These tears require more time and stitches to repair. In rare cases of abnormal healing, additional surgery is sometimes needed to repair significant tears.

Stitches to Repair Third Degree Tear

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Home Care

Other treatments that can be used at home to lessen the pain of the stitches include :

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDS (eg, ibuprofen )-Doctors usually recommend ibuprofen for any pain following stitches. If the pain continues even with medicine and warm soaks, contact your doctor.
  • Warm baths-Sitting in a warm bath that only covers hips and buttocks can sometimes help; this is sometimes called a sitz bath.
  • Ice or witch hazel pads-Ice wrapped in a cloth or chilled witch hazel pads applied to the area are sometimes used to dull the pain.

If you are diagnosed with vaginal tears, follow your doctor's instructions.


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