Caring for your perineum

Caring for your perineum

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he perineum is the skin between the vagina and the anus, which thins out and stretches over the baby’s head as baby is born.

Many women need stitches (sutures) to repair any tears or cuts (episiotomy) that occurred during their baby’s birth. The perineum and vagina are the most common areas where stitches are required. However, there may be other areas of the genitalia that also need repair.

To care for your stitches

  • Keep clean – by showering daily, plus using the shower hose or pouring water over the area every time you go to the toilet. Soap-free formulas or no soap is recommended.
  • Keep dry – pat gently with a clean towel
  • Change pads – every two to three hours
  • For six weeks avoid
    • Powders
    • Creams
    • Tampons

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