Postpartum urinary incontinence: A comparison of vaginal delivery, elective, and emergent cesarean section

Hung Yen Chin, Min Chi Chen, Yu Hung Liu, Kuo Hwa Wang

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the impact of delivery on the pelvic floor and whether cesarean section (C/S) can prevent pelvic floor injury. Five hundred thirty nine women were divided into three groups according to the delivery method adopted: elective C/S, emergent C/S, and vaginal delivery. A urinary incontinence questionnaire survey was conducted around 1 year postpartum. Emergent C/S may be a major risk factor for postpartum urinary incontinence and interfere with the benefit of elective C/S for preventing pelvic floor injury. Hence, not all C/S deliveries can reduce the likelihood of postpartum urinary incontinence. The key lies in whether the C/S is performed before labor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-635
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Elective cesarean section
  • Emergent cesarean section
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Urology

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