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Risks and Benefits of C-Sections

Posted on May 7, 2018

Figure from PLOS Medicine study.

Researchers in the United Kingdom have revealed new benefits for women undergoing Cesarean sections, reported a recent Healthline article. But despite the perceived safety of the procedure, and the benefits, experts caution that C-sections have their risks and should only be done if medically necessary.

The study in PLOS Medicine compared long-term outcomes among women who delivered vaginally and who had C-sections. In total, the researchers reviewed data from nearly 30 million women. They found that women who have had C-section deliveries have a lower risk of urinary incontinence and of pelvic prolapse, the sagging or slipping of the uterus into the vagina. C-sections also lowered the risk of birth injuries to the newborn.

But C-sections are not without risks, especially for future pregnancies, noted the article. Incidences of placenta previa, where the placenta covers the cervical opening, as well as miscarriages, increase after a C-section. There is also an increased risk for placenta abruption, where the placenta detaches from the womb, and placenta accrete where it doesn’t easily detach during delivery. The latter requires a hysterectomy. In addition, the scar tissue from a C-section increases risks in subsequent deliveries, from bleeding to bowel or bladder injuries.

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