How To Tell If There Is A Tear In The Vagina?

The problem of vaginal tear is refered also as perineal lacerations or birth tear in the sources. Eventhough the most common reason for vaginal tears are child births, this problem can also occur with different causes. Sexual intercourse, infections and some surgical interventions can also lead to vaginal tearing. In the treatment of tear in the vagina, the degree and severity of the tear are decisive.

How To Tell If There Is Tearing In The Vagina?

Best way to determine if there is tearing in the vagina is to have a gynecological examination. If you have one or more symptoms that are listed below, you should immediately have an examination with a gynecology specialist doctor.

  • Sharp pain that is felt in the vagina

The most obvious sign of a tear in the vaginal wall is a sharp pain like a stabbing in the vagina. The severity of the pain can be mild, moderate or high, depending on the extent of the tear.

  • Increased pain during straining and feelings of burning when urinating

Pain and burning in the vagina while urinating or defecating may indicate a vaginal tear.

  • Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse)

Dyspareunia is refered as painful sexual intercourse in the medical literature. There may be many reasons for this: Vaginal dryness, vaginismus and vaginal tears are among the main causes of painful sexual intercourse.

  • Bleeding during sexual intercourse

Bleeding during sexual intercourse is a condition that should be taken seriously. Different gynecological diseases may be underlying the vaginal bleeding that is happening during sexual intercourse. Another reason may be vaginal tears. In both cases, it should be taken seriously and action should be taken for treating the problem.

  • Vajginal infections

Untreated or delayed treatment of vaginal tears paves the way for infection.

  • Vaginal discharge and itching

Vaginal infections bring undesirable physiological problems such as discharge, burning and itching.

Can Vaginal Tear Heal By Itself?

Vaginal tear mostly happens due to giving natural (vaginal) child birth. Following the first week after giving birth, it is normal to have vaginal pains that are triggered with sudden reflexes. After the second week, it is expected that these pains decrease. More advanced tearing can take up to 3 weeks to heal. We mentioned at the beginning of the article that other than child birth, sexual intercourse or harsh interventions on the vagina can also cause vaginal tears. Whatever the cause, minimal tears in the vagina can heal spontaneously over time without the need for any intervention. However, the only solution for tears that extend along the vaginal wall, accompanied by bleeding and severe pain, is surgical intervention.

How Does Vaginal Tear Heal?

There are some products in the market that are produced specifically for genital area ora re suited for genital use. It is widely wondered if creams are effective in repairing deformations like cracks or tears in the skin, or vaginal tightening. Using creams for vaginal tear treatment is not effective. Only way to heal tears that do not heal by themselves is to have surgical intervention. Apart from using cream for vaginal tear, some herbal recipes consisting of natural oils are also said to be beneficial. Vaginal tears cannot be treated with recommended prescriptions. With this porblem, you shoul have a gynecological examination and avoid stepping out of the planned treatment your doctor recommends. The treatment of both birth tears and vaginal tears that happen during sexual intercourse can only be done by a gynecologist.

Is Vaginal Tear Surgery Hard?

Following the patient’s complaints and examination findings, the tear can be decided to be treated surgically. Although the idea of a surgical intervention can be scary, this is not a hard surgery as it is thought of. Approximately 6 weeks after the surgery, the healing process is expected to be completed. At this stage, the most important issue for patients is hygiene. Genital area cleaning should be done as it was recommended by the doctor and swimming should be avoided at all costs, in order to decrease the risk of infection during healing. There is no need for a procedure such as suture removal, as dissolving stitches will be used during vaginal tear operation.

What Happens If Vaginal Tear Is Not Treated?

After giving vaginal birth, the healing process should be followed up carefully. It should be observed whether the tear is healing by itself. For the treatment of vaginal tear that happened during sexual intercourse, the severity of the tears and the symptoms it causes should be carefully observed before deciding on a surgery. Tears that do not heal over time and advance up to the rear vaginal walls should definitely be treated with surgical intervention. Delaying the treatment or being late can cause infections, blood loss and deformity in the vagina.

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