Elective Cesarean Section for the Prevention of Pain during Labor and Delivery: Is it based on Evidence?
Anibal Faundes1, *0000-0003-4178-6030, Laura Miranda20000-0001-5568-9544
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
2 Campinas Center for Research on Reproductive Health (CEMICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Avoiding pain during labor and childbirth is one of the principal reasons given by women for requesting a Cesarean section; however, surgical delivery is, in itself, a cause of pain.
To compare the pain suffered during labor and vaginal delivery with the pain suffered after a cesarean section with respected to time.
Review of the literature for articles evaluating pain after vaginal delivery and after cesarean section.
Pain after cesarean section may be less severe than during vaginal delivery but last far longer, sometimes for up to a year, interfering with daily life.
To select elective cesarean section instead of spontaneous vaginal birth to prevent pain is not justified because the pain suffered after cesarean section is long-lasting than pain after vaginal birth for women who had both experiences.
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