What can a swelling in the perineum be?

Answer

According to Baby Center, swelling around the perineum often indicates tissue damage from giving birth without receiving an episiotomy. An episiotomy is a procedure that minimizes damage by creating an incision between the vagina and the perineum, leaving more room for the infant's head during birth.

Post-childbirth swelling of the perineum usually heals on its own within a week, and sometimes takes only a day or two to start feeling better, according to Baby Center. On the other hand, tears often take weeks or months to heal, and usually require medical intervention if they are more severe than a first-degree tear.

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