Women’s Healthcast: Fourth Trimester: Perineal Tears, featuring Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists​ calls the 12 weeks after giving birth the Fourth Trimester. Jon Pennycuff, MD, MSPH, assistant professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, discussed a common aspect of postpartum recovery on the second episode of the Women’s Healthcast Fourth Trimester series: perineal tears. 

Perineal tears, or perineal lacerations, are very common during childbirth: somewhere between 60-70 percent of people who give birth experience some degree of tearing in the skin or muscles between the vagina and anus. Pennycuff talked about how they’re treated and what he wishes more people understood about them.   

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