What causes vaginal tears during childbirth?
During birth, the tissues of the vagina and perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus) need to stretch to allow the baby's head to pass through the vagina. If the tissue is not able to expand or stretch sufficiently, tears may result.
Author: Chay Goebel
First answered: 15 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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