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What is an episiotomy?

An episiotomy is an incision (cut) made in the perineum, which is the skin between the vagina and anus. It is performed during childbirth in some cases to reduce tearing of the perineum, or to assist with delivering the baby.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Preterm labor


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